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Dorset's Air Ambulance Grounded

Dorset And Somerset Air Ambulance

5:09pm 12th December 2013
(Updated 5:36pm 12th December 2013)

Dorset's air ambulance, which is the same model as the helicopter that crashed in Glasgow killing 9 people, has been grounded amid safety fears.

Bond Air Services made the decision after a problem with a fuel gauge on one of their choppers yesterday (Wednesday 12th December).

It's not known when the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will be back up and running again.

Spokesperson Tracy Bartram told Wessex FM they have to take action when things like this happen:

"We are temporarily suspended and precautionary safety measures are being put in place. Our helicopter is being checked."

"We just want to reassure people that safety is the first imperative; we have to take action when things like this happen. Our sister air ambulances across the borders, the ones who don't operate EC135 will be assisting us so the service won't be affected in any way."

The Maritime Coastguard Agency told Wessex FM it's business as usual for their fleet of emergency choppers who aren't affected.

The force chopper at Dorset Police is a different model and they've told us they're not affected

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