Baby dies in air ambulance crash

A helicopter taking a baby girl to hospital has crashed and burned, killing all four people aboard.

The helicopter was headed for Chicago from Sandwich, about 50 miles away, when it went down minutes before midnight, possibly having hit a radio tower’s wire before the crash.

A hospital spokeswoman said the one-year-old girl was being transferred because she was suffering epileptic seizures.

The helicopter belonged to Air Angels - a critical care transport company based in West Chicago - and as well as the girl, carried the pilot, a nurse and a paramedic.

The helicopter crashed in a field near a residential area and burst into flames. No one on the ground was hurt.

Engineers were checking a 750-foot tall radio tower after its wire was clipped in the accident.

The crash is the third involving Air Angels helicopters. In January 2003, a helicopter crashed killing the pilot. Investigators said pilot error and weather caused the accident. Mechanical problems were blamed for an August 2007 crash in which there were no injuries.


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