All four on board a medical helicopter, including a sick baby, survive crash outside Pennsylvania church
A medical helicopter carrying babies to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has crashed in a nearby suburb, nearly losing power lines and a church. Everyone on board survived with no life-threatening injuries.
Photos from the scene Tuesday afternoon showed a damaged road sign and the wrecked helicopter outside the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church in Upper Darby, an eastern suburb of Philadelphia.
Upper Darby Police Chief Timothy Bernhardt told reporters he wanted to shake hands with the pilot as he managed to crash without seriously injuring himself, the two crew members or the infant patient.
“It’s a miracle, it’s an absolute miracle, everything you see behind me,” Bernhardt said.
“We are lucky as a community and as a fire department,” Fire Chief Thomas Sawyer said.
It was an absolute miracle in Drexel Mountain today. A helicopter crashed with four passengers. None of them suffered life-threatening injuries. More information to come. Please continue to avoid Burmont Road between State and Huey. pic.twitter.com/oxhkSsf2Cp
— Rep. Mike Zabel (@RepZabel) January 11, 2022
When police tried to notify the family, the child was taken to an area hospital, which is reported to be in nearby Maryland. The cause of the crash is not yet known. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said they were investigating.