New East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter grounded after hitting a bird
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It cost millions of pounds to build and boasts complex hi-tech flying equipment - but the East Anglian Air Ambulance's brand new helicopter has been grounded following a collision with a bird.
The charity's H-145 aircraft, known as Anglia One which was officially unveiled at a grand ceremony last month. But it is now being repaired following the 'bird strike'.
According to a spokesman for the charity, the helicopter crew were returning from an incident in Essex when the aircraft experienced a 'bird strike'.
No patients were on board at the time and the crew, all of whom were unhurt, were able to return to Norwich Airport safely where they made a priority landing.
The helicopter needed maintenance but bosses hope it will be ready to fly after this weekend.
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A replacement aircraft (similar to the former Anglia One helicopter) was provided by Bond Air within 24 hours.
The spokesman added: 'Our two experienced pilots handled the situation calmly and in accordance with guidelines and procedures.
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'We are also operational with the rapid response car.'
Bird strikes have not often affected the air ambulance, but they are not uncommon within the industry, according to the spokesman.
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