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Wiltshire Air Ambulance says it needs to raise two and a half million pounds every year to keep the service going. It has just signed a deal for a new helicopter.
The Air Ambulance has been flying for 21 years in partnership with Wiltshire Police, but it is going alone later this year and needs to make up the financial shortfall. Our Wiltshire Correspondent Robert Murphy has the story.
The Dorset and Somerset air ambulances has been cleared to resume normal flights after being grounded on Thursday by the discovery of a technical fault.
Operator Bond Air Services cleared both EC135 aircraft to return to service yesterday.
It is the same model which recently crashed in Glasgow killing 10 people.
– Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance spokesperson
At this time Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is currently suspended from flying. After initial investigations a technical fault has been found on the aircraft (G-DORS) and work is now underway to rectify the problem. The Charity is working with Bond Air Services to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
Patient needs will continue to be our top priority. Our crew will be on hand to attend, and assist if the need arises, via our Rapid Response Vehicle which is located at our airbase on the Dorset and Somerset border.
– Bond Air Services
During normal operations yesterday, one of our EC135 fleet experienced an indication defect that requires further technical investigation.
Therefore as a precautionary measure we have temporarily suspended service operations whilst we undertake detailed diagnosis.
We are now conducting functional tests across each of our EC135 aircraft in order to gather more specific information.
We apologise for the disruption to service.
The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been grounded while emergency checks are carried out. The helicopter, which is leased by Bond Aviation in Gloucestershire, is the same model as the craft which crashed into a Glasgow pub earlier this month. All EC-135's have been grounded.
Safety checks have been ordered on a type of helicopter used by air ambulance services across the West Country. It's after a crack was discovered on a Eurocopter model. It's the same aircraft used by crews in Dorset and Somerset.