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Helicopters grounded by operator

The North West Air Ambulance in action

The North West Air Ambulance in action

The model of helicopter that crashed on a pub, killing nine people, has been grounded by operators after a defect was discovered on a recent flight.

Bond has grounded its fleet of 22 EC135 helicopters in the UK as a precaution while the issue is examined.

It is understood the defect was found in a helicopter used by the North West Air Ambulance service.

The Police Scotland helicopter that crashed into the roof of the Clutha bar in Glasgow on November 29 was a Bond-operated Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft.

A statement from Bond Air Services said: “During normal operations yesterday, one of our EC135 fleet has 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 commenced investigations overnight, are continuing this morning and are in close liaison with Eurocopter regarding this investigation.”

The helicopters are used by air ambulance and police forces throughout the UK.

 

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