Dorset Air Ambulance "Working as Quickly as Possible" to get Airborne Again
9:37am 13th December 2013
(Updated 12:56pm 13th December 2013)
Dorset and Somerset's Air Ambulance is still grounded today (Friday 13th December).
Bond Air Services, who make the model of helicopter, made the decision after a problem with a fuel gauge on one of their choppers. It's the same model as the Police chopper that crashed in Glasgow last month killing 10 people.
Work is being carried out to fix the fault.
In the meantime Dorset and Somerset Air ambulance crews will use their Rapid Response Vehicle and will also get help from neighbouring air ambulance services.
A statement from the charity says they're working as quickly as possible to resolve the problem.
"At this time Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is currently suspended from flying. After initial investigations a technical fault has been found on the aircraft (G-DORS) and work is now underway to rectify the problem. The Charity is working with Bond Air Services to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
We are unaware at this stage of the timescales involved but are reassured that Bond Air Services are working with Eurocopter to identify the resources required to rectify the defect.
Patient needs will continue to be our top priority. Our crew will be on hand to attend, and assist if the need arises, via our Rapid Response Vehicle which is located at our airbase on the Dorset and Somerset border."
Assistance will also be met by support from our neighbouring air ambulances and ambulance services. This also extends to the coordinated use of other assets such as Police and Search and Rescue aircraft."