4 people survive medical helicopter crash in Pennsylvania after “miracle” landing

All four passengers on a medical helicopter with a 2-month-old baby girl to a hospital in Pennsylvania survived when that helicopter crashed next to a church Tuesday afternoon, CBS Philly reported. Officials called the landing, which also did not injure anyone on the ground, a “miracle.”

A pilot, a crew member, a nurse and the infant were taken to local hospitals and are in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, Upper Darby fire chief Derrick Sawyer said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The medical helicopter was on its way to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from Maryland when it crashed near Drexel Hill United Methodist Church in Delaware County just before noon. It writes CBS Philly. According to FlightAware, the helicopter took off from Hagerstown, Maryland, at 10:29 a.m. Tuesday and landed in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, less than 10 minutes later. So at 12:06 The Chambersburg helicopter took off before crashing 47 minutes later. The helicopter appears to have maintained its speed as it rapidly dropped in altitude.

All four victims were out of the plane when authorities arrived, said Superintendent Timothy M. Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department.

Officials praised the pilot for dodging supply lines and managing to land the helicopter without hitting the church or other nearby buildings or cars.

“The best way to describe it is a miracle,” Sawyer told CBS Philly.

Footage from CBS Philly shows the helicopter near the church.

CBS Philly

Authorities said they did not yet know why the helicopter crashed. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the matter.


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