At least three people were injured after a medical helicopter crashed in Drexel Hill on Tuesday. In what officials described as a “miracle”, the passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries after the helicopter went down while enroute to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
The cause of the crash has yet to be determined. Officials described the incident as a “controlled landing” and praised the efforts of the pilot, describing him as a “hero.”
The aircraft went down just outside the United Methodist Church in Drexel Hill, located near the corner of Burmont Rd. and School Lane. Fire crews sprayed immediately sprayed water on the smoking aircraft, preventing a large fire.
The four passengers — including a young child — were able to safely exit the aircraft, according to officials. They were then transported to a local hospital with “non-life-threatening injuries”, according to both police and fire officials.
“The injuries were non-life-threatening,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Tiomthy Bernhardt told Fox 29. “I can’t wait to meet this gentleman and shake his hand for getting this (helicopter) down the way he did.”
“It’s an absolute miracle on Burmont Road” Bernhardt added.