Search

London's Air Ambulance still grounded tonight due to volcanic ash

PUBLISHED: 19:00 21 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:54 05 October 2010

London's Air Ambulance still grounded after six days

London's Air Ambulance still grounded after six days

LONDON S air ambulance was still grounded this evening because of the volcanic ash, despite air ambulances elsewhere in the country being back in the skies. As airports across Europe reopened after six days and air ambulances in Kent and the West Midlan

LONDON'S air ambulance was still grounded this evening because of the volcanic ash, despite air ambulances elsewhere in the country being back in the skies.

As airports across Europe reopened after six days and air ambulances in Kent and the West Midlands were given the all-clear this morning, London's Air Ambulance was still being forced to remain on its helipad at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

The red helicopter was banned from the skies on Friday afternoon following fears the ash from the eruption of the Icelandic volcano could pose a threat to the aircraft's engine.

Restrictions on UK airspace were lifted on Tuesday night but bosses at the Royal London and at the charity HEMS which runs the helicopter were still "assessing the situation" by this evening.

A hospital spokeswoman said: "Flying will resume once we are satisfied that there is no risk to safety."

The helicopter is able to fly within the M25 area in 12 minutes and the team of paramedics and a senior trauma doctor normally do around three trips a day.

But hospital bosses insist the Rapid Response Cars are being sent out instead and it had been "quiet" across London over the past six days.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser