BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A Hagerstown-based medical helicopter carrying a newborn baby girl to Philadelphia has rolled over, possibly many times before going down in a hard landing in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania earlier this month, according to initial findings from the National Transportation Safety Board.
On January 11, the medical helicopter departed Hagerstown, picked up a 2-month-old girl from a hospital in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and departed for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
A nurse and nurse on board the flight told investigators they heard an “explosion” about 10 minutes outside the children’s hospital and the helicopter crashed into the right shaft, according to reports.
“The doctor said that the helicopter rolled upside down, perhaps several times, and that he and the nurse were ‘pinned to the ceiling’ and internal communication was lost,” the report said. has been leveled, the patient has been secured, the crew members are safely in their seats and they are ready to land.”
Just before 1 p.m., the train made a difficult landing outside the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church on the 600 block of Burmont Road.
All four passengers, including the patient, nurse, nurse and pilot, suffered non-life threatening injuries that town officials said were a “miracle.”
One witness told investigators the helicopter was “very low and louder than usual” and said he thought the “sound” of the propellers had gone off, according to the report.
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A second witness said the plane was “very low… very large… turned right and lost control, then appeared to go straight…” before disappearing from view, the report said.
Doorbell camera footage provided to authorities shows the helicopter in “near vertical, nose-down” position before flying sideways and disappearing behind trees. According to the report, “a high-pitched groan can be heard”.
The helicopter’s owner, Air Method, an aviation medical services operator with more than 300 facilities around the country, told investigators that the pilot, Danial Moore, had a total of 4,123 hours. flight, including 3,400 helicopter hours. Of those, he spent 185 hours on the Eurocopter EC135 medical helicopter, same make and model on hard landing.
Moore was discharged from the hospital on January 16.
The report said that all major parts of the plane were recorded at the scene of the plane’s landing.
The wreckage was taken to a facility in Clayton, Delaware, for further examination. Investigators determined the engine and transmission were properly fitted.
“Data downloaded from each engine shows that the engine’s nominal performance matches the mission profile for the duration of the flight,” the report said.
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