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Operators Ground Model Of Chopper That Crashed

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 1:05pm
The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- A British transport company has grounded all of its helicopters of the type that crashed into a pub in Scotland after detecting a technical problem on a recent flight.

Bond Air Services, operator of the Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft that crashed Nov. 29, says another EC135 in its fleet experienced "an indication defect" on Wednesday that requires further investigation, but offered no further explanation. Meanwhile, the company said Thursday that it has suspended operation of all 22 of the copters.

British investigators had said there was no initial evidence of engine failure in the police helicopter that crashed into a Glasgow pub, killing nine people including the civilian pilot and two police officers aboard the aircraft. Thirty-two people were injured, 12 seriously.

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