First responders clap as the pilot is credited for his miraculous landing in Pennsylvania upon his discharge from the hospital

PHILADELPHIA – The pilot credited for a miraculous landing in Pennsylvania was released from the hospital Sunday to a welcome by heroes and family members, grateful he’s alive.

Danial Moore flew the medical helicopter on Tuesday. He had a two-month-old infant on board the ship he was transporting from Hagerstown to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Helicopter crashed in front of Drexel Hill Unified Methodist Church.

“I had God as my co-pilot that day and we took care of the crew and when we landed in his front yard it was great,” Moore said as he was released from the hospital. Penn Presbyterian Institute.

He says his memory is piecemeal. He remembers his doctor getting the two-month-old baby to safety and he remembers the nurse on the flight pulling him out of the burning helicopter. However, if there was one thing he knew for sure, it was that the landing was a miracle.

Although he is hailed as a hero, he always acknowledges the merits of others.

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“I want to thank those firefighters and I want to thank all the first responders who showed up that day, and the everyday heroes, the Uber drivers and all the people running towards the helicopter was on fire instead of running away from it,” he said.

“What happened that day was like a miracle,” said Gail Miller, Moore’s fiancé. “They survived. The chance of actually surviving a helicopter crash is very low, to have four people survive a helicopter crash is almost unprecedented.”

Moore, a 27-year pilot, avoided churches, power lines, and people while landing. Despite the plane capsizing, everyone on board was safe. Moore was the only one seriously injured with broken ribs, sternum and vertebrae, among other injuries.

“I’m happy to be here and I’m glad I got my crew back alive,” he said.

An ambulance is taking Moore back to his home in Virginia. He is being escorted by Baltimore police.

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