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ARS Technica – April 29, 2020 – Appearing nightly, the Quest Diagnostics Air Force

Posted on May 7, 2020

Appearing nightly, the Quest Diagnostics Air Force

Your lab results fly first class after dark.
ERIC TEGLER – 4/29/2020, 4:57 AM

It’s pretty quiet out there these days, particularly after you’ve gone to bed. But somewhere above, a pilot bathed in the glow of avionics is looking up from his instrument panel into the night. Behind him are 76 soft-sided coolers holding the physical data on which modern medicine depends—samples of blood, urine, and tissue from individuals around the country.

They’re aboard a Pilatus PC-12 turboprop business aircraft, collected from airports where they’ve been delivered from laboratories, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. The airplane is part of the 25-strong specimen-transport fleet of Quest Diagnostics, one of the two leading companies in the medical lab services market.

Quest pilots’ mission to collect and transport this valuable cargo has the same goal every night: to…

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