Copter crash originated from area


DREXEL HILL—A medical helicopter that crashed Tuesday afternoon near Philadelphia originated from Hagerstown, Maryland.

The LifeNet 81 helicopter crashed in front of the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church in Upper Darby.

The flight carried a pilot, two crew members and an infant. All escaped with non-life-threatening injuries.

“I can confirm that earlier today a LifeNet medical helicopter based out of Hagerstown, Maryland, was called to WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital to transport a pediatric patient to a Philadelphia area hospital. That flight subsequently crashed on the way to Philadelphia,” said Ryan Coyle, spokesman for WellSpan. “Our hearts go out to family and crew on board and we are grateful that early reports indicate the patient and crew survived and that the patient was transported on to the planned hospital by ground transport.”

The National Transportation Safety Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

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