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UK firm involved in fatal crash grounds EC135 helicopter fleet

LONDON--British-based air services company Bond Aviation said on Thursday it had suspended its global fleet of 38 EC135 helicopters following discovery of a technical fault in one.

A Bond Aviation EC135 helicopter leased to the police dropped from the sky onto a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 29, killing three crew and seven others. Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch has so far found no evidence of engine or gearbox failure in that helicopter.

The suspension took one third of Britain's emergency ambulance and police helicopters temporarily out of service but some later in the day were returned to operations.

A company spokeswoman said one of the helicopters made by the Eurocopter subsidiary of aerospace group EADS had experienced an “indication defect” on Wednesday but declined to give more details of the incident.

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