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Unbelievable Photos: Medical Helicopter Crashes En Route to Hospital, 4 Victims Inside Survive

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A LifeNet medevac helicopter flying from the WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia crashed in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, at around 12:55 p.m. on Tuesday.

The crew included the pilot, a nurse, a medic and a 2-month-old baby girl who was being transported to the children’s hospital.

Upper Darby Township Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said the problems started about 45 minutes into the flight, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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For about a mile, the pilot was gliding lower and lower, desperately searching for a place to land. Eventually, the helicopter fell out of the sky and against the side of the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church.

All three adults managed to get out of the sideways helicopter under their own power, and the infant was miraculously in stable condition. She was quickly whisked away by ambulance to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.



“Today at approximately 1256 hours Upper Darby Township Police, Upper Darby Township Fire Department, and paramedics responded to the area of Burmont Road and Bloomfield Avenue for the report of a helicopter down,” the Upper Darby Police Department posted on Facebook.

“Units arrived and located a helicopter down in the roadway. The scene was quickly secured and made safe. At this time, there are no reported injures to the public, responders, and only minor injuries to one of the helicopter crew members.



“Federal authorities were notified and are handling the investigation. We ask your patience with road closures until this investigation is completed.”

Since the incident, many have voiced their praise of the way the emergency was handled and have recognized that this positive outcome is nothing short of miraculous.

“It’s a miracle, it’s an absolute miracle, here what you see behind me,” Bernhardt said at a press conference, according to WJW.

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The Upper Darby Professional Firefighters gave the pilot a nod in a Facebook post of their own.

“All 4 patients were transported via ground ambulance with non life-threatening injuries,” they shared.

“Our utmost respect goes out to the pilot/crew of the helicopter, as all of them continued to provide care and direction for their patient and for their fellow crew members, despite their own injuries.”

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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