The state of Maryland has sued the federal government alleging that air traffic controllers were responsible for a 2008 medical helicopter crash. The state and its insurer, the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, are Plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The Maryland State Police helicopter crashed as it flew toward Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, with two people on board who had been injured in a motor vehicle crash. The pilot, a paramedic, an emergency medical technician and one of the patients were killed. Another patient was severely injured.
An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found pilot error and poor training were to blame for the crash, which occurred in bad weather. But the lawsuit alleges that air traffic controllers committed a number of errors after the pilot said the weather prevented him from reaching his intended destination, a hospital in Prince George’s County. He was told that he would have to divert to Andrews.
Source: The Baltimore Sun
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