North West air ambulances get all clear to fly again

ALL three air ambulance helicopters deployed across Lancashire’s skies will be flying again on Monday after being grounded earlier this week.

The EC135’s were taken out of service on Wednesday after one of the north west helicopters, the same model as one which crashed into a Glasgow pub last month, developed a fuel gauge fault.

After safety checks, one of the air ambulance helicopters was cleared to take off again at 8am yesterday.

A similar EC135 used by Lancashire Police was kept in the air after moves to keep its fuel tank topped up were introduced.

The three EC135s were taken out of service, along with 19 more Bond-operated helicopters.

Last night, NWAAS chief executive Lynda Brislin said: “Our three aircraft were temporarily suspended from service by our aircraft supplier, Bond Air Services, to allow precautionary testing to be carried out.

“One of our aircraft was cleared for service and it has been operational since 8am yesterday ((FRI)).

“Our aircraft supplier has informed us that a fuel indication anomaly has been discovered on a number of aircraft across the country, including our two remaining aircraft.

“To resolve this issue, the team will be replacing parts over the weekend and we hope to have the full service running again by Monday.”

Other helicopters of a different make, carrying doctors and specialist paramedics from elsewhere in the UK, have been covering for Lancashire.

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