A medical helicopter crashed in a residential area in suburban Philadelphia on Tuesday with four people on board, including a baby, all of whom were expected to survive, authorities said.
Rescue crews rushed to the crash near a church at an intersection in the Drexel Hill area of Upper Darby around 1 p.m. and helped pull the pilot, two crew members and an infant patient from the plane, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy M. Bernhardt told reporters. conference.
None of them suffered life-threatening injuries, Bernhardt said, adding that he looked forward to shaking hands with the pilot for bringing the helicopter down the way they did.
The infant was taken to hospital, but family members have not yet been notified, Bernhardt said. The theft originated from out of state.
Pictures and video from the scene shows the helicopter damaged and on its side, just outside the church and under the power lines. Insignia on the side of the plane indicated that it was a medical helicopter.
“It’s a miracle, it’s an absolute miracle, here’s what you see behind me,” Bernhardt said.
Jarrell Saunders, 28, works at a nearby apartment building doing maintenance. He said he saw the helicopter “just hovering, like very low, like extremely low, like it could land on the building where I work.”
He got in his car to go to the hardware store and the helicopter was heading in the same direction. He said he saw it hit the ground in the middle of the road and slide on the ground until it crashed into the church.
He turned on his side and as smoke billowed he saw people jumping out of the helicopter.
“I tell my grandkids about this one,” he said.
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