Helicopter crashes in industrial park in Delaware

State Police say the crash resulted in the death of the helicopter's pilot, the only person aboard.

ABC6 reported that the Eurocopter twin-engine helicopter went down about one mile before the runway of New Castle County Airport.

A man who answered the phone at the Wilmington Manor Fire Company says emergency crews were called to the Airport Industrial Park in New Castle shortly before noon Thursday.

"The helicopter, associated with the University of Pennsylvania hospitals then became engulfed in flames; responding fire personnel from the Good Will fire company and neighboring fire companies arrived at the scene and were able to extinguish the flames", said DE state Police Cpl.

"We are lucky, at this point, that he did not strike any occupied buildings, and that there was no other injuries", said Hale.

The NTSB was en route to the crash scene Thursday afternoon.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

"Right when we looked out, it crashed and exploded".

Black smoke could be seen pouring into the air off Quigley Boulevard near the post office facility. No patients or Penn Medicine employees were on board. Further Information will be released as the investigation dictates.

Kristen King Holmes, marking director for Metro Aviation, based in Shreveport, Louisiana, said in an email that the company has sent operations, safety and maintenance personnel to the scene.

James Salmon is a spokesman for the airport's operator, Delaware River and Bay Authority.

The craft was operated by Metro Aviation, which provides aviation services for PennStar.

A spokesperson for Metro Aviation said Murphy was very experienced, and it remains unclear why the helicopter crashed.

  • Larry Hoffman