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Md. police helicopter damaged after hitting snowbank

Maryland state police say a helicopter was damaged when it hit a snow bank as it prepared to leave a helipad at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Police say neither crew member was injured and the helicopter was not airborne when it hit the snow bank Thursday night.

The crew had brought two patients involved in a traffic crash in Anne Arundel County to the hospital. Police say as the pilot applied power to begin lift off, the tail lowered several inches and hit the snow bank along the perimeter of the ground-based helipad. The crew immediately shut down the engines.

The extent of the damage will not be known until further examination. The Maryland State Police Aviation Command will investigate.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Maryland , Pr. George's  
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