AURORA, Illinois – A medical helicopter crashed in a Chicago suburb, killing three crew members and a 13-month-old patient.
The transport helicopter was headed to the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago from Valley West Hospital in Sandwich when it went down minutes before midnight, said Aurora police spokesman Sgt. Robb Wallers.
Children Memorial’s Hospital spokeswoman Julie Pesch initially said the little girl was being transported to the hospital because of epileptic seizures. She later said the child’s symptoms were not clear.
The helicopter belonged to the Air Angels, Inc., an emergency medical transport service based at Clow Airport in suburban Bolingbrook. Telephone calls to the Air Angels offices were not answered early Thurday.
However, Air Angels CEO Jim Adams told the Chicago Tribune that the helicopter’s crew included the pilot, nurse, and a paramedic employed by the company. He added the helicopter’s pilot did not report mechanical problems, and weather was not an issue.
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