Search

Safety fears ground Norfolk and Suffolk’s air ambulances

17:41 08 May 2012

The East Anglian Air Ambulance

The East Anglian Air Ambulance

Archant 2010

Two air ambulances covering Norfolk and Suffolk have been grounded after a defect was discovered in three similar aircraft.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) charity, which has its headquarters at Norwich Airport, says it has taken the precautionary measure to temporarily halt the use of its two Eurocopter 135s pending advice from the manufacturer.

Three instances of cracks developing to a flange below the rotor blade have been discovered.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust will provide emergency cover in the region.

An EAAA spokesman said: “Bond Air Services is awaiting further advice from Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the aircraft, once investigations to identify the cause of the cracks have been carried out.

“There are no faults with the rotor hub on either of the East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopters.

“People in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk remain covered with emergency medical assistance by our colleagues at the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust.

“Our own crews of specialist doctor and EEAST critical care paramedic are continuing to provide emergency cover from our rapid response vehicles.

“We will issue more news as we get it, but at present this is all we know.

1 comment

Other news

Yesterday, 18:21
A fire has been tackled in Pulham St Mary

Firefighters and a farmer have tackled a deliberately started blaze that involved 20 tonnes of straw and a hedge on fire in Pulham St Mary, near Diss.

Yesterday, 17:17
The first responders session at Starston

Dozens of people have learnt lifesaving skills at a south Norfolk village.

Yesterday, 12:54
Doug Choat played in the Transplant Sport UK football match

A charity football match involving a Norfolk kidney transplant patient at the home of a Football League side saw a team of organ recipients triumph on the pitch.

Yesterday, 12:48
Rachael Burford passes on top tips to some youngsters

England women’s rugby union star Rachael Burford will be visiting Diss Rugby Club this weekend to help air cadets enjoy a sporting tournament.

Most Read

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Work on the Long Stratton bypass scheme could start in 2017. Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Construction work on a scheme to build a village bypass and 1,800 homes could start as early as 2017 in Long Stratton.

Read more
John Fuller
Monday, February 16, 2015
Scene of fatal car crash on the A11 near Besthorpe.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Police are investigating this morning the circumstances that led to two women dying in a three-vehicle crash on the A11 at Besthorpe, near Attleborough.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:21
A fire has been tackled in Pulham St Mary

Firefighters and a farmer have tackled a deliberately started blaze that involved 20 tonnes of straw and a hedge on fire in Pulham St Mary, near Diss.

Read more
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Norwich Fashion Week 2015. Jarrold. Photo Ryan Bleyswyck.

Norwich Fashion Week kicks off on Thursday, but if you haven’t got a golden ticket to one of the catwalk shows then don’t worry; there are lots of other events taking place all over the city. Here’s a look at what else is on.

Read more
United Kingdom
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The damaged BT box in Old Buckenham after a crash which has left homes in the village without phones and internet.

More than 150 homes in a Norfolk village have been left without the internet or phone lines for a week after a vehicle crashed in to an exchange box.

Read more
BT

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up