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Helicopter reassurance

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

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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 the tragedy on Friday. A crash investigation continues following the incident which caused the deaths of three crew members and a further six people who were in the pub at the time. Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust chief executive Paula Martin expressed concern regarding "misleading" reports in the national media this weekend. 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, (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 model, the same 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 EC135s are the same is like saying all Ford Fiestas 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.

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