Convicts Escape From High-Security Athens Prison in Helicopter For

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek authorities say that for the second
time in their lives, two robbers escaped from a high-security
prison by scaling a rope ladder to a hovering helicopter.

The pair were picked up by a helicopter that flew over the
courtyard of an Athens prison on Sunday. They pulled the same caper
at the same prison three years ago.

The Ministry of Justice said the inmates climbed a ladder thrown
to them by a woman passenger.

Authorities said guards on the ground opened fire and the woman
fired back with an automatic rifle. No injuries were reported.

Police say the helicopter was abandoned north of Athens. The
pilot was bound, gagged and had a hood over his head.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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