“Absolute miracle”: no serious injuries after the crash of a medical helicopter on the way to the pediatric hospital

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in suburban Pennsylvania.

A medical helicopter that crashed while carrying an infant to a Pennsylvania hospital Tuesday afternoon made a “miraculous landing” with no serious injuries, authorities said.

The helicopter was on its way to the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital when the crash happened in Drexel Hill, a suburb of Upper Darby Township, a few miles from the hospital.

Police received reports of a helicopter in distress at around 1 p.m., before locating the plane after it crashed next to a church.

All four people on board sustained non-life threatening injuries and were hospitalized in stable condition, authorities said. No residents were injured and there was no debris from the crash.

“It’s an absolute miracle,” Upper Darby Township Police Department superintendent Timothy Bernhardt told reporters at the scene.

Firefighters feared the plane could ignite and worked to contain the fuel.

“It was a miraculous landing,” Upper Darby Fire Chief Derick Sawyer told reporters.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.

“Our team will cooperate fully in their efforts to assess the cause of this unfortunate accident,” Doug Flanders, vice president of communications for Air Methods, owner of the helicopter, said in a statement to ABC News.

The EC 135 aircraft was part of the LifeNet program, based in Hagerstown, Maryland, according to Flanders.

The helicopter was carrying a pediatric patient from WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa., Philadelphia, a WellSpan Health spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.

“Our hearts are with the family and crew on board and we are grateful that early reports indicate that the patient and crew survived and the patient was taken to the planned hospital by ground transportation,” said WellSpan Health spokesperson Ryan Coyle said in a statement.

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