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HAA crash all survived 11th Jan 2022

Old 11th Jan 2022, 20:55
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HAA crash all survived 11th Jan 2022

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/20...laware-county/


DREXEL HILL, Pa. (CBS) — Four people, including an infant, were on a medical helicopter when it crashed in Delaware County Tuesday afternoon. The chopper was heading to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, when it crashed near the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church, on the 600 block of Burmont Road, in Drexel Hill just before 1 p.m.

Officials say the crash was a miracle landing because the area in which the medical helicopter crashed is a heavily trafficked area and no one outside of the chopper was injured.

All four occupants aboard the chopper were able to self extricate with non-life-threatening injuries.

Eyewitness News has learned that all four people on board the chopper have survived and the pilot suffered the most serious injuries. Officials say all four are in stable condition.

“Around 1 o’clock, we started to receive 911 calls for a helicopter in distress. Officers and the fire department responded to the area and they located this helicopter behind us, which had crashed in behind the building,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said. “What we know is that there were four members on the helicopter — three of them were crew, pilot, one of them was an infant. They were in route to CHOP, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As of right now, no non-life-threatening injuries. The child has been transported to CHOP and the other two are at local hospitals.”

Bernhardt said they initially received reports the helicopter started to experience malfunctions on Route 1. Investigators are still trying to determine why the chopper was in distress.

“From all accounts, what the pilot was able to do is amazing,” Dr. Monica Taylor, chair of Delaware County Council, said. “Our reports indicate he first started to experience trouble on Route 1 and was looking for somewhere to land and was able to bring it down Burmont, land here, and as you can see from the scene, there aren’t even poles down.”

“It’s really a testament to the pilot and what he was able to do in keeping everyone safe,” Taylor added. “It’s amazing, it’s a miracle that there are no major injuries that occurred from this accident.”

Bernhardt said his “heart just dropped” when he first heard reports coming in.

“I was back at police headquarters. We heard the call come out, the first call I said, ‘no way,’ and then the second, then the third. I knew there was a problem,” he said. “My heart just dropped. It’s a true miracle that everyone was out and they were out prior to us getting here.”

Approximately 30 firefighters and seven medic units were on the scene.

“Obviously, this pilot had a great command of the helicopter and was able to land it safely, took the best interest of the community in hand,” Upper Darby Fire Chief Derrick Sawyer said. “This was a miracle in the works where there were no lives lost and no property damaged.”

A witness says first responders arrived at the scene quickly. He told Eyewitness News he walked outside with his neighbor and responders were almost there instantly.

“They were on the scene really quick, the initial sound alerted me and my dog as I was getting shoes on I already heard sirens going down the street,” he said.

One family that was out running errands told Eyewitness news they were right next to Drexel Hill United Methodist Church when they saw the medical chopper descending. At first, they thought it was a bit close and then realized it was headed straight toward them.

They managed to get out of harm’s way, and although there was a lot of debris on their windshield from the heavy wind and crash, no one inside their car was hurt. They were quite shaken up and say they’re grateful to have escaped death.

“I was actually frozen for a second when that happened because I was just looking at a helicopter,” Joshua James, of Lansdowne, said. “It’s no way to explain it. It almost feels like something from Game of Thrones, you see a dragon coming at your car because it was literally in the sky, a huge object coming toward you. It was insane.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is going to determine the cause of the crash.

Air Methods says it’ll cooperate fully with investigators regarding the crash.

“The EC 135 aircraft in question was from the LifeNet program, based out of Hagerstown, Maryland. There were no fatalities associated with this accident and the patient and crew are receiving medical evaluation. The FAA and NTSB have been made aware of this incident and investigators are en route to assess the situation,” Doug Flanders, vice president of communications for Air Methods, said in a statement. “Our team will cooperate fully with their efforts to assess the cause of this unfortunate accident. Privacy rights with regards to those on board the aircraft will be honored, and we will not be sharing any additional information.”

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Old 11th Jan 2022, 22:02
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Great outcome, regardless of the cause.
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Old 11th Jan 2022, 22:46
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I live about 10 minutes from the crash site, and was home when this happened. Can safely say that weather was not a factor, severe-clear today and temps in the 30's (F).

Found more info on their route: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/20...laware-county/

They were reportedly coming from Chambersburg, PA to CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) so they literally were almost there. So maybe a 30 minute flight
Looks like a LifeNet EC135

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Old 12th Jan 2022, 00:02
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Plenty more also on YouTube.
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Old 12th Jan 2022, 01:26
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Life Net Air Medical Helicopter Crash In Drexel Hill, PA.

6 ABC in Philadelphia, PA. reported that the crash took place in Drexel Hill, PA today shortly before 1 PM Eastern:

"Infant, 3 crew members suffer non-life threatening injuries in medical helicopter crash. Officials said it is a "miracle" no one on board was critically injured."
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Old 12th Jan 2022, 14:15
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Old 12th Jan 2022, 14:31
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Last ADSBExchange

Here is the last data from ADSBExchange. Press the "History 1x" button to start the replay.

ADS-B Exchange - tracking 0 aircraft (adsbexchange.com)

Both Flightradar24 and ADSBExchange are missing the last several seconds of flight.
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Old 12th Jan 2022, 16:02
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834 Alexander Ave, Drexel Hill, PA is the house across the street from the ring video. About 0.6 miles from the church (straight-line)
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Old 13th Jan 2022, 02:07
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In the door camera above, what causes the apparent 360 turn? I doubt the aircraft did that (about 35 and 45 seconds in).
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Old 13th Jan 2022, 08:30
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aircraft is at wire height and had both upper/lower cutters and deflectors kit installed.
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Old 13th Jan 2022, 21:25
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911 Call Released

Channel 6 action news in Philadelphia just reported that the 911 call by the flight paramedic was just released. A link to the 911 call can be found at 6 ABC.
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Old 14th Jan 2022, 12:28
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Verified GoFund Me Created For Pilot Dan Moore

Verified GoFund Me Overview:

Hello, I am writing on behalf of my long time friend, Pilot Dan Moore. You may have seen Dan's heroic actions on the news recently. On January 11, 2022, Dan was the pilot of Life Net 81, the MEDEVAC helicopter that was flying a 2-month old infant to Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia when his aircraft, an EC135, experienced what appears to be a catastrophic mechanical failure in flight. It is a miracle that all 4 occupants survived the crash. Dan was able to expertly perform his emergency procedures and land in the street next to a Drexel Hill church, narrowly missing powerlines and cars. It has even been reported that there were children in a near-by preschool.

Dan has been flying for nearly 30 years, first in the Army, then the airlines and MEDEVAC. I have known Dan for a third of that time and have been all over the world with him. There is no better that I have had the privilege to fly with!

Now Dan needs us as his future is uncertain. He is recovering from multiple injuries and his road is certain to be long and challenging. His continued future as a pilot will remain unknown for many months. This type of situation always has an impact of people and their families in unimaginable ways. Expenses associated with the emergency appear and continue well into recovery. Please let us show him that this time WE have his back. Donate if you can, and if not, then please share this campaign.

Thank you and God bless.
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Old 14th Jan 2022, 13:23
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The sound of the NR in that video clip does not sound stable at all. But he appears not to be in auto so I wonder if this is a repeat of N312SA incident where it went into manual control of the engines (it's an early serial (474) P2+ variant meaning it hasn't got the throttle guards).

Look forward with interest to the outcome of the investigation
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Old 14th Jan 2022, 19:28
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Link to the go fund me I found. I hope the mods do not mind me posting it.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/danial-moore
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Old 15th Jan 2022, 01:44
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Originally Posted by gipsymagpie View Post
The sound of the NR in that video clip does not sound stable at all. But he appears not to be in auto so I wonder if this is a repeat of N312SA incident where it went into manual control of the engines (it's an early serial (474) P2+ variant meaning it hasn't got the throttle guards).

Look forward with interest to the outcome of the investigation
is that some type,of Fadec failure? Would it affect bigote engines at the same time?
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Old 15th Jan 2022, 04:49
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Is it normal in the US to be left facing recovery expenses?
Don't professionals, and the operators they work for, carry health, life and loss of income insurance?
In a higher-risk profession, leaving home without protection is a serious risk.
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Old 15th Jan 2022, 09:10
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Link to the go fund me I found. I hope the mods do not mind me posting it.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/danial-moore
What are they actually raising funds for? Im sure his medical bills are covered.

Good to see the cause of the accident is known and clearly establishes him as a hero!
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Old 15th Jan 2022, 09:40
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Good to see the cause of the accident is known and clearly establishes him as a hero!
What was the cause?

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Old 15th Jan 2022, 12:15
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What are they actually raising funds for? I’m sure his medical bills are covered.
We do not know the cause but we do know he went to work expecting to return at the end of his shift and instead is in hospital and we believe facing significant treatment

He may well have insurance for loss of earnings but the US is unique in the developed world in not having a national and universal health system that is free at point of use. Healthcare is the commonest cause of bankruptcy. No matter how good your US health insurance, there will be limits, co pays and deductibles. There will be network restrictions meaning if the only surgeon or anesthesiologist available is from the 'wrong' network you have to pay. As such it is almost inconceivable he will not face significant uninsured bills. With a social security system little better his family may also struggle with associated costs. I worked in the system and despair at its failures, but I am not making a political point, just pointing out the practicalities and the need for fundraising
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Old 15th Jan 2022, 14:04
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..the US is unique in the developed world in not having a national and universal health system that is free at point of use. Healthcare is the commonest cause of bankruptcy...
That is sad, especially for someone who was serving the medical industry.
Even in the developing world we treat people better.

Imagine not bankrupting someone for critical treatment and rehab - what a socialist idea. Damn commies.
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