The medical helicopter pilot who crash-landed in a suburban area near a church dodging death has been discharged from a hospital.
PHILADELPHIA – The pilot who fortunately got saved after a crash landing in a residential area expresses gratitude to his team and first responders to whom he owes his life, as he was discharged from a hospital on Sunday.
Danial Moore, the medical helicopter operator, was wheeled out of the emergency room of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on Sunday to praise from his team. The pilot had a brief conversation with reporters before heading home with a police escort.
“I’m just feeling fortunate, you know — I had God as my co-pilot that day and we took care of the crew and we landed in his front yard, so that was kind of nice,” said the pilot.
Reportedly, the Eurocopter EC135 (medical helicopter) belongs to Denver-based Air Methods, residing in Hagerstown, Maryland. It carried two other crew members and an infant when it crash-landed by around 1:00 pm on Tue, close to Drexel Hill United Methodist Church.
“A medical helicopter carrying an infant patient crashed outside a church in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. The aircraft was en route to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia when it crashed. All four people, including the infant, survived the crash.” CBS news Tweeted.
While speaking with reporters, Moore said that “I didn’t remember much of anything about the crash”, detailing how the other crew members rescued him and sent the infant girl to the hospital.
“I remember waking up and looking up and seeing a whole company of firefighters looking down at me and that’s a real good feeling,” said the pilot while showing gratitude to first responders and the medical team who saved his life.
“I’m just glad to be here and I’m glad that I got my crew back alive,” said Moore. “I always tell people I just drive the bus; the heroes are in the back, working on the patient.”