Suspended air ambulance for Burnham area set to go back on service
air ambulance that covers the Burnham-On-Sea area has been suspended
from flying but is expected to be back on service this weekend.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance model is one of the 22 particular
models that were grounded on Thursday across the country after
a defect was discovered on a recent flight.
was also the model of helicopter that crashed on a pub in Glasgow,
killing ten people.
Air Services grounded its fleet of 22 EC135 helicopters in the
UK as a precaution while the issue, which arose on Wednesday,
Friday evening, Dorset Air Ambulance spokeswoman Tracy Bartram
said: "Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is awaiting the
respective part which is currently en-route."
are hopefully to be fully operational before the date of Sunday
the meantime our crew continue to be on hand to attend, and assist
if the need arises, via our Rapid Response Vehicle located at
will also be met by support from our neighbouring air ambulances,
ambulance services and other assets such as Police and Search
and Rescue aircraft."
a statement from Bond Air Services on Friday evening added: "Following
our discovery during routine operations of an issue with an indicator
system on one of our aircraft on the 11th December, Bond Air Services
temporarily suspended service operations to allow precautionary
involved detailed examinations and tests to evaluate the function
and accuracy of the fuel indicator system on our fleet of EC135s."
these tests we were able to release a number of aircraft back
to full operational service on Thursday."
did however identify a number of aircraft with the fuel indication
anomaly. Having worked closely with the manufacturer, Eurocopter,
to identify the immediate cause, we began a process of jointly
testing the aircraft and are now sourcing and replacing the affected
work is expected to be completed by Sunday 15th December. We will
return these aircraft to service when we have resolved this issue.
is in line with our commitment to the highest standards of safety
in all our operations."