Chicago Tot Perishes in Medevac Crash

Girl was being transported to Chicago hospital for seizure treatment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2008 8:26 AM CDT
Chicago Tot Perishes in Medevac Crash
Workers with the Dupage County Coroner remove one of four bodies from the wreckage of a helicopter in Aurora, Il., today. Four people, including a 13-month-old girl, perished in the overnight crash.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

A medical helicopter crashed in a Chicago suburb late last night, killing three crew members and a 13-month-old patient. The helicopter was headed to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago from just outside the city when it went down minutes before midnight. A hospital spokeswoman said the little girl was being transported to the hospital because of epileptic seizures.

The helicopter crashed in a field near a residential area in the suburb of Aurora and was engulfed in flames, police said. The aircraft may have clipped a wire suspended from a radio tower before tumbling to the ground. The incident was at least the ninth fatal crash in the past 12 months across the country involving medical transport helicopters. (More Chicago stories.)

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