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MacDill medical team still trying to get to Haiti

A MacDill Air Force Base medical team trying to get to Haiti was delayed a second night.

The mobile aeromedical staging facility team was scheduled to leave at 2 a.m. Monday, but mechanical problems grounded the crew through the day. Officials said Monday afternoon that the team would leave overnight.

But MacDill officials said Tuesday morning that the crew was still waiting for liftoff.

Spokesman Mark Graff said he did not know why the departure was delayed a second night. It could have been because of persistent mechanical issues or that they were bumped for another deployment.

"We're just all trying to be patient," he said.

Spokesman Rylan Albright said he thought the plane would try to leave Tuesday night.

The 13-person team could be in Haiti from a week to a couple of weeks, Graff has said.

The members are trained to reach remote locations and prepare injured patients for flights to a place with advanced care.

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MacDill medical team still trying to get to Haiti 01/19/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 5:30pm]
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