Helicopter is unveiled

A NEW helicopter will be taking to the skies on behalf of the East Anglian Air Ambulance .

The charity, which operates in Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, took delivery of a yellow Eurocopter EC135 last week.

It will replace one of the organisation’s two red Bolkow 105 helicopters and will use bases in Norwich and Cambridge.

Chief executive Tim Page said: “The EC135 is larger and more capable than the aircraft which it will replace.

“It will enable us to carry more people and equipment, increasing our ability to save the lives of those who suffer accidents or medical emergencies.

“We will also be able to train more doctors to work on our air ambulances and, in the event that we have to transport a child to hospital, enable a parent to accompany them.”

The new yellow helicopter signals a return to the colours used by the charity when it started in 2000.

It is hoped that the remaining red Bolkow will be replaced by another EC135 in the future.