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Md. State Police aircraft grounded after medical helicopter crash

September 30, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command grounded all aircraft Monday after a weekend medical helicopter crash that killed four people, according to a news release.

Both public and private groups were working with SYSCOM in Baltimore, from where the medical helicopters are dispatched, to respond to medical transport needs in Maryland, said Dr. Robert Bass, the executive director of the Maryland Institute for EMS Systems.

The United States Park Police, Delaware State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and commercial medevac companies were covering the state's helicopter needs, Bass said.

Maryland State Police said they hoped to begin phasing in its helicopter fleet over the next few days, Bass said.

"We're not pushing them on this issue," he said.

Last year, there were 4,500 to 4,600 transports within Maryland, according to Bass.

Washington County Hospital averages about five incoming medevac patients a week, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday. No patients needed to be transported by air as of Monday afternoon, she said.

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