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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 04/ 6/2010

Md. House seeks to replace helicopters

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland House of Delegates has set aside $20 million in the state's capital budget to help replace helicopters in an aging Medevac fleet, ABC 7 reports.

Last year, the state included $52 million in the capital budget.

The Senate did not set the money aside for helicopters, so the two chambers will have to negotiate whether to set the money aside.

The state currently uses 11 helicopters purchased between 1989 and 1999. One helicopter crashed in September 2008, killing four people and prompting extra scrutiny of the system, which was the subject of a critical audit by state analysts a month before the accident.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 6, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Helicopter, Maryland House of Delegates  
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