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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flights suspended

By shill  |  Posted: December 13, 2013


Dorset and Somerset Air ambulance has been grounded for now

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DORSET and Somerset Air Ambulance is currently suspended from flying after fears about safety.

After initial investigations a technical fault has been found on the aircraft (G-DORS) and work is now underway to rectify the problem. The charity is working with Bond Air Services to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

A statement from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulace says: “We are unaware at this stage of the timescales involved but are reassured that Bond Air Services are working with Eurocopter to identify the resources required to rectify the defect.

“Patient needs will continue to be our top priority. Our crew will be on hand to attend, and assist if the need arises, via our Rapid Response Vehicle which is located at our airbase on the Dorset and Somerset border.

"Assistance will also be met by support from our neighbouring air ambulances and ambulance services. This also extends to the coordinated use of other assets such as Police and Search and Rescue aircraft."

Bond Air Services suspended flights on all 22 of its EC 135s - the same model that croshed in Glasgow -after a fault was found on the North West Air Ambulance.

Eurocopter, which manufactures the EC 135, said it was not telling other operators to ground the model.

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