Part Three of Three

'Where's Trooper 2?'

For decades, Maryland's medical helicopter system was praised nationally. Last year, a midnight crash changed that.

(Photos: James A. Parcell; Mark E. Brady, Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department)
When Trooper 2 vanished on Sept. 27, 2008, no one immediately responded. Explore the events of the night with our interactive map and timeline. »
The Series
Part One of Three

The Deadly Cost of Swooping In to Save a Life

Medical helicopters are a $250 billion industry and growing fast. A closer look at what's really at stake.

Part Two of Three

Breathing Life Into the Numbers

At least 211 crew members and 27 patients have been killed in medical helicopters crashes since 1980. These are some of their stories.

Live Q & A

Reader Response

Post reporters answered reader questions on the series online on Monday, August 24th. Read the transcript.

Helicopters State By State
See how your state compares.
Fatal Crashes Since 1980
Explore trends and crash details.
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A reconstruction of last year's District Heights, MD crash, and the search that ensued.
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Photo Gallery
LifeFlight, a hospital-based medevac program, is a nonprofit that serves the entire state of Maine with two helicopters based in Bangor and Lewiston.
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An interview with Stacey Friedman.
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