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US military aircraft damages major UK hospital’s helipad during training exercise

Telegraph, 23 Apr 2021
Critically ill patients cannot be airlifted directly to the East of England's major trauma centre after a US military aircraft damaged its helipad during a training exercise.

A video shows parts of the helipad at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge blowing up from the ground as a United States Air Force (USAF) CV22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft took off from it on Wednesday.

Up to 800 people receive major traumatic injuries each year in the East of England, such as in a car crash, and patients are currently being flown to Cambridge City Airport instead.

They have to complete the last part of their journey to the hospital by land ambulance with critical care staff on board.

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