Air am­bu­lance he­li­copters cleared to fly once again

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.”

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