Eurocopter EC135 T2: history of the Glasgow crash helicopter

published Sat, Nov 30 2013 06:50 GMT
The £2.3m, twin-engined model is widely used by emergency services and executives around the worldThe twin-engined Eurocopter EC135 T2 that crashed into a Glasgow pub comes from a design that first entered service in 1996. More than 1,000 have been built at the Eurocopter plant in Germany.They are used widely by police and ambulance services and for executive transport.According to Eurocopter, a subsidiary of the European defence giant EADS, the EC135 is a "light, multipurpose twin-engine helicopter with an advanced design and state-of-the-art technology. The EC135 is the reference helicopter for EMS (emergency maritime services) and public services, thanks to its performance, cabin flexibility and capabilities. The EC135 is also a trendsetter in the business aviation market thanks to its comfort, versatility and exclusive Hermes design."The aircraft costs around £2.3m and can carry up to seven passengers. It has a cruising speed of up to 158mph (254kph).It is estimated that ...

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