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Sunday, 13 July 2014

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North West Air Ambulance service helicopters grounded

DECEMBER 13 UPDATE: One of the North West Air Ambulance service's three helicopters is back in use today.

DECEMBER 12: The North West Air Ambulance service has grounded its three helicopters amid fears over safety.

It comes after Bond Air Services suspended flights of its EC 135 helicopter, the same model that recently crashed in Glasgow killing nine people.

Air ambulance chief executive Lynda Brislin said the aircraft had been temporarily taken out of service on the advice of its supplier as a precautionary measure.

"We are in continual dialogue with our provider as to when the service will be resumed and are hoping to be operational again as soon as possible," she added.

The reason for the suspension is not known.

The air service will work with other aircraft fleets, including the Great North Air Ambulance, to ensure coverage is maintained.

"Our focus, as ever, remains to increase patient chances of survival through rapid response and treatment,” she added.

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