4 Hospitalized After Helicopter Crashed on Interstate Highway: Officials

By Reuters
July 8, 2018 Updated: July 8, 2018

Four people were injured when a medical helicopter crashed on a highway in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday night, with one in critical condition, officials said.

The pilot made a “mayday” radio call from a Eurocopter 135 air ambulance at about 9:15 p.m. Central Time (0215 GMT Sunday), according to a Federal Aviation Authority statement. The helicopter crashed on a ramp of the Interstate 57 highway soon after, it said.

Local media reported that a patient on the air ambulance was in critical condition, while the pilot and two others on board were listed in stable condition in Chicago hospitals.

Three of the four passengers had made it out of the helicopter when firefighters arrived, reported The Chicago Tribune.

Fire Department Deputy District Chief Lynda Turner said the pilot did a good job landing the helicopter.

“I think the pilot did an excellent job of landing a helicopter that was in an emergency situation,” she said, reported the newspaper.

The helicopter appeared to have landed on its belly in the median where the interstate splits.

No one on the ground was hurt and the National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the crash.

By Rich McKay. Additional reporting by Janita Kan.