The last couple of days Babcock Scandinavia Air Ambulance have had problems with lots of aircraft in their fleet. A whooping 5 of 11 planes of the type Beech B250 Kingair have been grounded due to technical problems, all planes may have to be grounded.
-Anti Collision system not working, sends false messages
-TCAS system isn’t working
-Pilots Standbysystem isn’t working, saying the aircraft is banking to the side while flying straight
-Surging of engines
Many faults have happened during the same flight.
Since 1st of July, UNN (Universitetssykehuset Nord Norge), the hospital in Tromsø, have recorded 286 incidents of delayed patients due to the air ambulance.
The situation is critical due to travel times being high in northern Norway. If a patient were to be be transferred from Hammerfest to Tromsø, travel times would be 7 hours and 45 minutes with car, and flight time being only 40 minutes.
The situation is looked at critically.
Babcock is sorry for the situation
I’ll update when updates reach the media
I’m sorry, but all sources are in Norwegian