air ambulance for Burnham area returns to service
air ambulance that covers the Burnham-On-Sea area which was suspended
from flying for three days went back on service on Sunday.
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.
was also the model of helicopter that crashed on a pub in Glasgow,
killing ten people, earlier this month.
Air Services grounded its fleet of 22 EC135 helicopters in the
UK as a precaution while the issue, which arose on Wednesday,
and Somerset Air Ambulance spokeswoman Tracy Bartram said the
helicopter went back on duty at 10.50am on Surnday morning.
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
has replaced the affected components and added that the repairs
are in line with its "commitment to the highest standards
of safety in all our operations."