Helicopter crashes in Bridgeville

October 7, 2018

Federal aviation officials are investigating a helicopter crash that occurred Oct. 7 in Bridgeville.

The crash happened at 1:37 p.m., when a 1981 Enstrom FA28C helicopter took off from behind the Evans Farms Fall Festival at 9843 Seashore Highway, east of Bridgeville, said Sgt. Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police.

Bratz said the helicopter had about 15 gallons fuel on board when it took off. The pilot, a 62-year-old man from Bridgeville, told officials that aircraft lost power as he cleared nearby irrigation and electrical lines. He proceeded east about 300 yards before making a hard landing into the adjacent soybean field.

There were four people on the helicopter including the pilot, but there were no injuries reported, Bratz said. The three passengers included a female passenger, 41, of Lewes, and two children, 7 and 4; they were taken by Bridgeville EMS to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for precautionary reasons, he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were contacted; the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.