WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance's helicopter could be back flying later today - after a service revealed problems in the aircraft's rotor head. 

The charity's life-saving air ambulance has been out of action for three weeks, with the helicopter undergoing its service at an airfield near Andover since February 1.

In a statement, Wiltshire Air Ambulance said: "Earlier this month our helicopter underwent a 100-hour service, which identified some work that needed to be carried out on the main rotor head.

"We continue to be operational, carrying out our lifesaving service with two Rapid Response Vehicles, whilst we are also supported by neighbouring air ambulance charities, just as we support them when required."

It is understood that the helicopter could be back flying today or on Tuesday. 

Last year, the Air Accidents Investigations Board published a report following a probe into problems with the charity's Bell 426 helicopter that caused it to spin out of control.

The aircraft was undergoing a power assurance check in June 2018 when it span out of control at the charity’s air base in 2018, spinning around two-and-a-half times in 10 seconds.

It was temporarily grounded. The same pilot experienced another incident, again while preparing for a power assuance check, in January 2019.