16 air ambulance helicopters grounded across the UK

We have confirmed that 16 air ambulance helicopters, operated by Bond Air Services, are covered by the suspension.

Read: Helicopter operator ground part of fleet over 'defect'

The 16 air ambulances operate in the following areas:

  • Dorset and Somerset
  • East Anglia
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • The Midlands
  • The North West (three helicopters suspended)
  • Scotland (two helicopters)
  • Thames Valley and the Chilterns
  • Wales (three helicopters)

Cornwall has an EC135 helicopter, but it is being serviced and a replacement is in operation. Devon has an EC135 but it is not operated by Bond Air Services, so it is still flying.

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