Infant, Passengers On Board As Medical Helicopter Crashes Near PA Church

By Jason Hall

January 11, 2022

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An infant and three crew members were on board when a medical helicopter crashed next to a church in residential area in southeast Pennsylvania.

WPVI Action News reports the medevac was found crashed near the entrance of the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church located at the intersection of Burmont Road and Bloomfield Avenue in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby Township in Delaware County -- which is located just west of Philadelphia -- shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday (January 11).

Sources told WPVI that the medevac was traveling to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from Maryland when the accident took place.

The source confirmed no life-threatening injuries have been reported to the four individuals who were on the ground after the crash Tuesday afternoon.

The three crew members were transported to Lankenau Medical Center, while the infant patient was taken to Children's Hosptial of Philadelphia.

Photos of the crash were shared by WPVI and the Twitter account @PhillyFireNews.

A local resident of the area told WPVI that she witnessed the helicopter attempt to land on the ground before bouncing up and falling back down on its side.

Officials told WPVI that it was "an absolute miracle" that the pilot successfully landed the medevac without the passengers experiencing life-threatening injuries.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, according to WPVI.

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