QUEBEC, CANADA - At the time it was described as a real life action movie prison escape. Almost three years ago to the day two men used a hijacked helicopter to break out of a Quebec prison. A new video shows the so called a "well planned escape" was anything but.
It seemed like any other day at St. Jerome Prison. Three years ago, inmates strolled the sunny court yard. But that routine was used as part of a plan.
In footage obtained by CTV a hijacked helicopter arrived throwing down rope the two inmates had been waiting for. But the movie script escape didn't follow the plot.
Climbing out of the yard proved impossible. The helicopter was forced to land on the prison roof. For more than six minutes unarmed prison guards watch and recorded the convicted felons slowly get away.
"A mesh, a security mesh, could have been used on the court yard to prevent them from even attempting that escape." said Prison Security Consultant Colin Lobo.
Those steps weren't taken and less than 15 months later it happened again. Three inmates used a helicopter to break out of a prison near Quebec City. Those fugitives were caught two weeks later after hiding out in a luxury condo in Montreal.
The Quebec government commissioned a report in 2014, recommending prison security improvements. But the prison guards' union warns the measures don't go far enough.
Union representative Mathieu Lavoie says the same type of escape could happen any time.
The St. Jerome fugitives only tasted short-lived freedom. They were caught just hours later.