Medical Helicopter Carrying 4 People Crashes Next to Church in Delaware County, Pennsylvania


A medical helicopter with three crew members and an infant patient crashed Tuesday afternoon, right next to a church in a densely populated residential neighborhood just west of Philadelphia.

The crash site was next to the front steps of a church in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

The tail of the medevac, as medical helicopters are known, could be seen torn off and folded underneath the cockpit. Emergency officials on scene shortly before the 1 p.m. crash said none of the four people on the helicopter suffered life-threatening injuries.

“It’s an absolute miracle,” an emergency official at the scene said.

The Drexel Hill United Methodist Church at Burmont Road and Bloomfield Avenue appeared to be spared any damage in the immediate aftermath of the crash, as did numerous houses across the street. The scene is about one mile from Upper Darby High School.