BREAKING: Baby among four injured after medical helicopter crashes in front of Philadelphia church with police chief calling it ‘an absolute miracle’
- Four people sustained non-life threatening injuries after a helicopter crashed outside Drexel Hill United Methodist Church in Philadelphia
- Police said three crew members and a baby were on board the chopper, which was transporting the infant to a local children’s hospital
- Upper Derby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said it was an ‘absolute miracle’ that no one was killed in the crash
- Upper Darby Fire Chief Derrick Sawyer called it a ‘miraculous landing’ and said the community was ‘truly blessed’ by the outcome
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A helicopter carrying an infant to a Philadelphia children’s hospital crashed outside a church Wednesday, injuring four including the baby.
None of the passengers, nor the pilot, suffered life-threatening injuries after the chopper went down outside the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church on Burmont Road.
‘It’s an absolute miracle,’ Upper Derby police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt told reporters at the scene.
‘It’s an absolute miracle on Burmont Road. That’s what it is.’
State Representative Mike Zabel echoed the sentiment, tweeted: ‘An absolute miracle in Drexel Hill today.’
A downed helicopter is pictured near the steps of the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church
The crash happened Tuesday about 1 p.m., following 911 reports of a helicopter in distress in the area, he said.
Video footage from local news outlets shows smoke billowing from the vehicle as it lays in a residential neighborhood.
Upper Darby Fire Chief Derrick Sawyer called it a ‘miraculous landing’ and said the community was ‘truly blessed’ by the outcome.
The crash happened about 1 p.m., following 911 reports of a helicopter in distress in the area, he said
Police said the helicopter came from out-of-state, and that they were working to notify the families of those injured.
Witnesses reported seeing the chopper hovering above the area for some time before it plummeted to the ground.
Investigators are probing the cause of the crash as passengers are treated for undisclosed injuries.