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Nova Scotia nearing deal to add two hospital flight helicopters

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government says it's close to concluding a deal to obtain two Sikorsky helicopters for its emergency LifeFlight service to transport patients to hospital.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says the air ambulance service will respond to emergencies all over the province and through the Maritimes.

The province says it is concluding negotiations to amend the existing contract with its current LifeFlight provider — Canadian Helicopters Ltd. — to provide the two S-76 C+ helicopters, which will be able to land on hospital helipads.

Nova Scotia's LifeFlight helicopter was banned from rooftop hospital landings under federal regulations in April.

At the time, Transport Canada said the Sikorsky S-76A didn't have the certification level required to land on hospital helipads in densely populated areas.

An interim plan requires the existing helicopters to land at an alternate site near a Halifax park.

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