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Grounded air ambulances return to flight

A company that operates helicopters used by emergency services in the UK has cleared its fleet for normal operations. It had grounded part of its fleet as a precaution after one aircraft experienced an "indication defect"

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Grounded air ambulance cleared for flight

The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance returned to normal flight operations at 7.30pm last night after it was grounded for safety concerns with its fuel indication system. A number of EC135 air ambulances were grounded on Thursday by Bond Air Services to undertake technical investigations .

Mark McGeown, chief executive of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, said: 'We fully believe that the safety of patients and air ambulance staff is the number one priority. Obviously we are pleased to be able to resume normal operations.

'I would like to thank our colleagues in the South Central Ambulance Service and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance for helping us maintain our emergency cover during these last few days.'

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