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Rescue helicopters back in the air

The four Scottish Coastguard search and rescue helicopters that were grounded last week following a fatal crash in Canada, have been given the all clear to fly again.

Last week the helicopters, which are based in Shetland and Lewis, and cover a vast area of northern Scotland, often on mountain rescue missions, were grounded to allow for safety checks after the Canadian crash revealed a fault. The Sikorsky S-92 aircraft have been fitted with replacement parts and returned to service following the accident in Newfoundland last week in which 17 people died.

During the grounding, emergency cover has been provided by Sea King helicopters operated from RAF Lossiemouth and HMS Gannet.

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