Danial Moore, hero pilot in Drexel Hill medical helicopter crash, released from Philadelphia hospital – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A dispatch to the hospital to lift the spirits of a local hero. Emergency responders, hospital staff, family and friends lined up to honor helicopter pilot Danial Moore as he was transported on a stretcher and released from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia.

“I’m pretty sure God was partly in charge for that one,” Moore said Sunday.

Moore was seriously injured when the medical plane he was piloting crashed on the lawn of Drexel Hill United Methodist Church. Also on board are a 2-month-old baby, a nurse and a flight doctor. They were heading from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All survived.

“I don’t really remember much,” Moore said. “I remember waking up and seeing a whole fire company looking at me, it’s a really good feeling.”

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Moore also praised flight surgeon Kevin Chaffee, who was filmed after the crash carrying the little girl from the wreckage.

“I remember my flight doctor Kevin Chafee taking a 2 month old baby and getting him to safety and grabbing the fire extinguisher and then taking the baby to an ambulance to complete the mission at the hospital which I found completely unbelievable,” Moore said.

Moore’s fiancé was also by her side on Sunday, impressed with her quick-wittedness and dexterous maneuvers that saved countless lives.

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‘What happened that day was not short of a miracle,’ said Gail Miller, adding: ‘When I spoke to my children I told them there were two pilots on that plane that day, Dan and God and how he missed the church, the power lines. No one on the ground was hurt. There was divine intervention in there.

Despite all the attention and a long recovery ahead, Moore remains humble.

“It was very overwhelming,” he said. “I always tell people [that] I’m driving the bus and the heroes are in the back working on the patient.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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