Thursday, September 12, 2013

Possible Bullet-Hole Grounds New Medevac Chopper

 Maryland State Police say they temporarily grounded a new medevac helicopter after a hole was found in the rotor.

The newly purchased AW139 helicopter has been stranded on the helipad atop University of Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital since yesterday when a pilot discovered the damage during a routine inspection.

 State Police spokesman Greg Shipley says investigators are exploring the possibility the hole was caused by a bullet.

Built by Augusta Westland the helicopters costs state taxpayers $130 million. The trooper 3 flies out of the Frederick Barracks.