ONE of the three Midland Air Ambulance helicopters grounded yesterday is back up and running.
Bond Air Services grounded all 22 of their EC135 helicopters around the country after a warning light came on in one of them.
The EC135 is the same make and model as the police helicopter that crashed into a Glasgow pub last month, killing ten people.
Following an inspection by Bond engineers, the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Tatenhill, Staffordshire, is now clear for flight.
Inspections on the other two air ambulances, based at Cosford and Strensham will take place later on today. They are expected to be back up and running tomorrow.
Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “The safety of public, our aircrews and patient care will always remain our priority.
“We are working closely with Bond Air Services during this time and will inform the public when our helicopter emergency medical service is back online.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Clearly safety is our number one priority and will be guided by the operator of the aircraft.
“The crews that would have been flying today have been responding on land vehicles as they would if the weather had stopped the helicopters flying.”
Although the Midlands Air Ambulance regularly attends incidents in Warwickshire, the county is primarily covered by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
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