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
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)

(Newser) – 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.