Air ambulance charity keeps emergency services flying

nrhn 050112 The DLRAA helicopter at East Midlands Airport.
nrhn 050112 The DLRAA helicopter at East Midlands Airport.
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An accident response charity has come to the rescue of the emergency services after parts of their helicopter fleet were unexpectedly grounded last week.

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) has offered two of its emergency helicopters to the Midlands and North West air ambulance team after their aircrafts were put out of service by a technical issue.

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) will now support fellow air ambulance groups by covering emergency callouts in the Derbyshire area.

Bond Aviation Group, the supplier of affected EC135 helicopters made the decision to ground all choppers until further notice.

The model under investigation is the same as the helicopter that crashed into the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow on 29 November - killing ten people,

The Air Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We operate two Augusta Westland 109 helicopters.

“It’s the fastest civilian helicopter in the country and can reach up to 200mph, meaning services can move quickly to support other territories and fellow air ambulances.

“Each service also uses a rapid-response vehicle, they can still provide emergency care when the helicopter is otherwise occupied.”