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Reassurances from Cornwall air ambulance operator over aircraft model ‘link’ to Glasgow pub crash tragedy

By CGHollie  |  Posted: December 03, 2013


Reassurances from Cornwall air ambulance operator over aircraft model 'link' to Glasgow pub crash tragedy

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The operator of Cornwall’s air ambulance has reassured people the service will be unaffected after a similar model of helicopter crashed into a Glasgow pub.

Bond Air Services has confirmed it is business as usual for the charity-run emergency service following Friday’s crash.

A crash investigation is still on-going following the incident which caused the deaths of three crew members and a further six people who were inside the pub at the time.

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust chief executive, Paula Martin, expressed concern regarding misleading reports in the national media this week.

She said: “Some media, including national media, have printed some rather alarming headlines over the weekend, including one that read ‘regulator grounded same aircraft type last year over safety concerns’.

“At no point has the regulator, (the Civil Aviation Authority) or the aircraft manufacturer (Eurocopter) ever grounded this aircraft type. Grounding of an aircraft type is very serious, and would affect thousands of aircraft worldwide, so to see misleading headlines like that is very upsetting, because the public are misled.

“We have been advised by our operator that our operations remain unaffected.”

The aircraft that crashed in Scotland was a version of the EC135, the same type of aircraft used by Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. However, Ms Martin said parallels should not be drawn.

She said: “It is worth pointing out that saying all EC135’s are the same, is like saying all Ford Fiesta’s are the same, when of course they are not, because they have different engines, different components, depending on the original built specification, and helicopters are exactly the same.

“So it is quite impossible for us to comment if the aircraft was exactly the same or not.”

The regular air ambulance helicopter is currently undergoing its annual service and a different model is being used temporarily.

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