Air ambulances grounded

TWO East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopters were temporarily grounded as a “precautionary measure” following the discovery of a defect in similar aircraft.

A spokesman for the air ambulance charity said that out of a fleet of over 1,000 such aircraft worldwide there have been three instances of cracks developing to a component below the rotor blades.

“Although there is no evidence of this on either East Anglian Air Ambulance aircraft, our operator Bond Air Service has taken the precaution to ground its fleet pending further investigation – a policy that the EAAA entirely support for safety reasons.”

The spokeswman said there were no faults with the rotor hub on either of the East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopters.

She said Suffolk remained covered with emergency medical assistance by the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, with its own crews of specialist doctor and critical care paramedics are continuing to provide emergency cover from our rapid response vehicles.

The air ambulances have now been cleared to fly again.