I&M Power to do aerial inspections

Indiana Michigan Power has announced it will conduct aerial inspections of its high-voltage lines next month as part of its ongoing program to maintain the reliability of the electric-transmission system.

Officials from the Fort Wayne-based utility said the helicopter flights will inspect transmission lines in and around Fort Wayne and South Bend, as well as in areas within Ohio and Michigan.

Inspections within and around St. Joseph County are slated to take place the week of April 18.

I&M will use a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter that will fly 50 to 100 feet above the lines at a speed of 40 to 45 miles per hour, covering about 350 miles each day. During inspections, the helicopter may need to circle a single structure or area several times to check the condition of electrical equipment.

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