Air ambulances back in the skies after fatal crash

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WIGAN’S fleet of three air ambulan ces are back in the air after being grounded following the discovery of a fault which is believed to have contributed to the crash of a police helicopter in Scotland which killed 10 people.

Paramedics are back in the skies across the region following the grounding of all three of the North West Air Ambulance Service’s ‘EC 135’ model helicopters on Friday after the manufacturers, Bond Air Services, issued a warning about the accuracy of fuel gauges.

Chief Supt Ian Whitehouse, National Police Air Service’s chief operating officer, said safety was paramount but they had taken the decision on advice from the Civil Aviation Authority.

He added: “We remain, as ever, in constant communication with the CAA and other partners in the aviation industry. There is currently no notice in place from the CAA or the original equipment manufacturers to ground any aircraft and so we have not done so.

“In light of the technical issue, as a precautionary measure, we are increasing fuel levels on all EC135 aircraft and increasing the minimum level of fuel they are allowed to operate on.”