Pilot Killed in Medical Helicopter Crash Near New Castle Airport Identified - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Pilot Killed in Medical Helicopter Crash Near New Castle Airport Identified

Only pilot on board chopper as it crashes in industrial park near New Castle Airport

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    Late Thursday officials identified 37 year old Michael Murphy as the pilot killed when the medical helicopter he was flying crashed in Delaware. NBC10s Brandon Hudson reports.

    (Published Thursday, May 25, 2017)

    A medical helicopter crashed in Delaware Thursday, killing the only person on board, pilot Michael Murphy of Franklinville, New Jersey. 

    The Eurocopter twin-engine helicopter went down into a drainage ditch shortly before noon off Route 13 near Frenchtown Road short of the runway of the New Castle Airport, according to Delaware River and Bay Authority, which manages the airport. 

    The helicopter was operated by Metro Aviation, which provides services for PennStar, the medical helicopter service for University of Pennsylvania Health System, according to officials from Penn Medicine. It was training in inclement weather, to prepare for emergency situations. 

    Murphy had flown from Atlantic City and was conducting "approach training," police announced Thursday evening. No injuries were reported on the ground. 

    Michael Murphy served as a back-up pilot of SkyForce10 for NBC10 and Telemundo62

    Murphy, 37, also served as a back-up pilot of SkyForce10 for NBC10 and Telemundo62. 

    Black smoke could be seen pouring into the air off Quigley Boulevard near the post office facility. The wreck caused minor damage to buildings, police said. 

    The NTSB continued to investigate as the wreckage was cleared from the scene late Thursday. 

    The NTSB reports that there have been four helicopter crashes in Delaware over the last decade -- one fatal -- and none involved a Eurocopter.