Federal investigators pored over the wreckage of a medical helicopter a day after it crash-landed with out lack of life subsequent to a church in a residential space of suburban Philadelphia, someway avoiding an internet of energy strains and buildings.
Brian Rayner, senior security investigator with the Nationwide Transportation Security Board, instructed reporters Wednesday investigators hoped to have the ability to take away the wreckage from the scene at Drexel Hill United Methodist Church in Higher Darby later within the day for extra detailed examination off-site.
Rayner stated investigators have been attempting to doc the wreckage as discovered, characterizing it as “knowledge gathering” that “gained’t grow to be data till we get all of it collectively in a single place and evaluate, see how issues relate and see how issues battle.”
Rayner stated he was very grateful that the occupants have been “comparatively unharmed” within the 1 p.m. Tuesday crash. The pilot’s accidents have been most important however the different two adults and the toddler woman have been “miraculously unharmed,” he stated. The plane had vital injury however by way of proof was “in superb form,” he stated.
“I’ve a substantial amount of confidence that after we’re carried out we’ll have the ability to clarify this accident,” Rayner stated. He characterised the probe as “strictly a security investigation” at present, including that “all of the proof we have now so far helps an accident.”
Rayner stated late Wednesday afternoon he had spoken with the pilot briefly however resulting from his accidents investigators must wait to talk with him in depth. The helicopter has no flight knowledge recorder or cockpit voice recorder, however investigators hope to reap elements with “beneficial knowledge,” totally on engine efficiency, he stated.
The investigation would additionally look into the pilot’s historical past and coaching, and facets of the atmosphere reminiscent of climate and terrain situations, air site visitors and communications, he stated.
Chief Derrick Sawyer of the Higher Darby Township hearth division confirmed that there have been youngsters in a day care related to the church on the time of the crash. Higher Darby Police Superintendent Timothy M. Bernhardt repeated his perception that it was a “miracle” that there have been no life-threatening accidents.
Photograph: A medical helicopter rests subsequent to the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church after it crashed the day earlier than within the Drexel Hill part of Higher Darby, Pa, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Authorities and a witness say a pilot crash landed a medical helicopter with out casualties in a residential space of suburban Philadelphia, miraculously avoiding an internet of energy strains and buildings because the plane fluttered, hit the road and slid into bushes exterior a church. (AP Photograph/Matt Rourke)
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