Air ambulance helicopters cleared to fly once again
THE EAST Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) helicopters were cleared as safe to fly yesterday morning.
The charity was among several air ambulances grounded for 24 hours on Tuesday after Bond Air Services, the UK’S largest independent emergency and mission critical helicopter operator, decided to suspend all flights of its EC135 helicopters on safety grounds.
It has said that following work with Eurocopter’s programme engineers to gain a deeper understanding of the strength and the stress levels present in the rotor hub as well as an unequivocal guarantee that it is safe to fly in normal opera- tional limits, Bond Air Services allowed its helicopters to fly again at 7am yesterday.
An EAAA spokeswoman said: “The charity is delighted to announce that Bond has cleared the EC135 helicopters as safe to fly.
“We are among several air ambulance charities who were affected by the 24-hour grounding. This was an important precaution at the time.
“Local people in Cambridgeshire can once again enjoy the peace of mind that the helicopter ambulance and skilled crew are prepared and ready to attend any accidents or medical emergencies to which they are called.”