UPPER DARBY, Pa.: A man at the scene of a medical helicopter crash outside Philadelphia this week told a dispatcher he was most concerned about the infant girl who survived, but that the pilot was the only passenger not alert after the wreck, according to a 911 call excerpt released Thursday.
The unidentified caller described the pilot as a middle-aged man in the transcript released by Delaware County officials.
He is breathing, he is talking, he told the dispatcher. My main concern right now is the 2-month-old child, I need an ambulance here right away.
The dispatcher said help was already on the way.
The pilot somehow crash-landed the helicopter without loss of life next to a church in a residential area of suburban Philadelphia.
Brian Rayner, senior safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters Wednesday he was grateful that the occupants were relatively unhurt in the 1 p.m. Tuesday crash.
The pilots injuries were most severe, but the other two adults and the girl were miraculously unhurt, he said.
The Eurocopter EC135 medical helicopter was owned by Denver-based Air Methods, an air medical emergency transport service. The company said the aircraft it was part of the LifeNet program based in Hagerstown, Maryland.
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