Retired State Trooper Crashes Chopper, Dies

Doug Brigham flew the chopper in and out of his backyard and it crashed in the neighborhood where he lived

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012  |  Updated 8:13 PM EDT
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Doug Brigham a retired Pennsylvania State Police Officer died in a helicopter crash Wednesday in Bucks County. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. NBC10's Christine Maddela

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Doug Brigham a retired Pennsylvania State Police Officer died in a helicopter crash Wednesday in Bucks County. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. NBC10's Christine Maddela

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Retired State Trooper Dies in Chopper Crash Close to Home

Doug Brigham died Wednesday morning when the helicopter he was flying crashed. Police and the FAA are investigating what caused the fatal crash. Brigham was a well-respected member of his Tinicum Township, Bucks County Community.
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A retired Pennsylvania State Trooper crashed his helicopter in the Bucks County neighborhood where he lived on Wednesday morning. Doug Brigham flies in and out of his backyard in Tinicum Township and this morning, around 7 a.m., the chopper went down in a fiery crash on Uhlerstown Hill Road, just a few hundred feet from his home, killing Brigham.

Rescue crews and police are on the scene and so is the Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate if this morning low cloud cover was a factor in the crash.

Brigham was a retired corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police, a member of the local fire company that responded to his crash and a member of the Tinicum Township's Department of Emergency Management, according investigators. He was also a volunteer pilot for Patient Airlift Services. He worked for a company called Catalyst Aviation.

Brigham once flew NBC10's own Vai Sikahema and Eagles coach Andy Reid to a benefit in the Poconos in May 2011.

 


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