Move to ground all EC135 models comes after police helicopter crashes into Glasgow pub

Bournemouth Echo: Air ambulance grounded after safety fears following Glasgow pub crash Air ambulance grounded after safety fears following Glasgow pub crash

THE Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance remains grounded over safety fears.

Dorset's model is one of the 22 particular models that were grounded on Thursday across the country after a defect was discovered on a recent flight.

It was also the model of helicopter that crashed on a pub in Glasgow, killing nine people.

Bond Air Services grounded its fleet of 22 EC135 helicopters in the UK as a precaution while the issue, which arose on Wednesday, is examined.

On Friday evening, a spokesperson for Dorset Air Ambulance said:"Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is awaiting the respective part which is currently en-route.

"We are hopefully to be fully operational before the date of Sunday 15 December.

"In the meantime our crew continue to be on hand to attend, and assist if the need arises, via our Rapid Response Vehicle located at our airbase.

"Assistance will also be met by support from our neighbouring air ambulances, ambulance services and other assets such as Police and Search and Rescue aircraft."

A new statement from Bond Air Services on Friday evening said: "Following our discovery during routine operations of an issue with an indicator system on one of our aircraft on the 11 December, Bond Air Services temporarily suspended service operations to allow precautionary testing.

"This involved detailed examinations and tests to evaluate the function and accuracy of the fuel indicator system on our fleet of EC135s.

"Following these tests we were able to release a number of aircraft back to full operational
service yesterday.

"We did however identify a number of aircraft with the fuel indication anomaly. Having
worked closely with the manufacturer, Eurocopter, to identify the immediate cause, we
began a process of jointly testing the aircraft and are now sourcing and replacing the
affected components.

"This work is expected to be completed by Sunday, 15 December.

"We will return these aircraft to service when we have resolved this issue.

"This is in line with our commitment to the highest standards of safety in all our operations."

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance was cleared to fly just after 3pm on Thursday.

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.

An initial report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued this week said there was ''no evidence of major mechanical disruption of either engine'' of the Police Scotland helicopter as it returned from an operation in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on the night of the crash.

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4:09pm Thu 12 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.
Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then. BIGTONE

4:52pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Townee says...

Better to be safe than sorry.
Better to be safe than sorry. Townee

8:44pm Thu 12 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

Safety fears my A**** this is all about saving money so that the suits at the top have larger bonuses.
Safety fears my A**** this is all about saving money so that the suits at the top have larger bonuses. O'Reilly

7:33pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.
Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!!

Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark!

Shall we enlighten them??

Yeah!!

OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!!
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.[/p][/quote]Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!! Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark! Shall we enlighten them?? Yeah!! OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!! Controversial But True

8:03pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Turtlebay says...

Controversial But True wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.
Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!!

Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark!

Shall we enlighten them??

Yeah!!

OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!!
You'd need specialist knowledge to know it's call sign. As aircraft radio is digitised for security one wonders how you know!
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.[/p][/quote]Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!! Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark! Shall we enlighten them?? Yeah!! OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!![/p][/quote]You'd need specialist knowledge to know it's call sign. As aircraft radio is digitised for security one wonders how you know! Turtlebay

8:42pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.
Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!!

Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark!

Shall we enlighten them??

Yeah!!

OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!!
You'd need specialist knowledge to know it's call sign. As aircraft radio is digitised for security one wonders how you know!
Every police helicopter in England is an Oscar 99...!!!
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.[/p][/quote]Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!! Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark! Shall we enlighten them?? Yeah!! OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!![/p][/quote]You'd need specialist knowledge to know it's call sign. As aircraft radio is digitised for security one wonders how you know![/p][/quote]Every police helicopter in England is an Oscar 99...!!! Controversial But True

10:11pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Blob01 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.
Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!!

Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark!

Shall we enlighten them??

Yeah!!

OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!!
You'd need specialist knowledge to know it's call sign. As aircraft radio is digitised for security one wonders how you know!
Aircraft radio transmissions are not digitised! Police transmissions are digitised, but the aircraft still has to interact with ATC on standard frequencies.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.[/p][/quote]Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!! Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark! Shall we enlighten them?? Yeah!! OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!![/p][/quote]You'd need specialist knowledge to know it's call sign. As aircraft radio is digitised for security one wonders how you know![/p][/quote]Aircraft radio transmissions are not digitised! Police transmissions are digitised, but the aircraft still has to interact with ATC on standard frequencies. Blob01

12:53am Sat 14 Dec 13

AJC1976 says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.
Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!!

Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark!

Shall we enlighten them??

Yeah!!

OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!!
You'd need specialist knowledge to know it's call sign. As aircraft radio is digitised for security one wonders how you know!
Every police helicopter in England is an Oscar 99...!!!
Actually this is slightly incorrect. I've seen XA-99 live on TV. so yes… there's a 99 with all Police Helicopters but they all have a different prefix to differentiate them from each other.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.[/p][/quote]Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!! Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark! Shall we enlighten them?? Yeah!! OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!![/p][/quote]You'd need specialist knowledge to know it's call sign. As aircraft radio is digitised for security one wonders how you know![/p][/quote]Every police helicopter in England is an Oscar 99...!!![/p][/quote]Actually this is slightly incorrect. I've seen XA-99 live on TV. so yes… there's a 99 with all Police Helicopters but they all have a different prefix to differentiate them from each other. AJC1976

11:40am Sat 14 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

Controversial But True wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.
Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!!

Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark!

Shall we enlighten them??

Yeah!!

OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!!
Oscar 99 has, in the past, transported people to local hospitals, so it could be used in an emergency.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Looks like Oscar 99 might be busy then.[/p][/quote]Clearly the folks marking your score down don't know what Oscar 99 means!! Quick to mark you down for stating an obviously more intelligent than usual for an Echo reader remark! Shall we enlighten them?? Yeah!! OSCAR 99 IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER!!!!!! DUH!!![/p][/quote]Oscar 99 has, in the past, transported people to local hospitals, so it could be used in an emergency. Hessenford

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