Checks show Hampshire air ambulance is safe to fly

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URGENT safety checks ordered on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance have shown it does not suffer with a fault detected on a similar aircraft.

A crack was discovered on the main rotor hub of one Eurocopter EC135 helicopter – used by air ambulance services across the country.

The European Aviation Safety Agency ordered pre-flight checks on all 1,000 helicopters made by Eurocopter and leased by Bond Air Services.

A spokesman for Bond confirmed no cracks were found in any other helicopters, including Hampshire’s.

Sherie Williams Ellen, from the county’s air ambulance, said: ‘The helicopter has not been grounded.

‘We have a rolling maintenance and security programme with our aircraft.

‘We have no problems at all with Bond’s services.’

The problem was first detected at the end of February.