Helicopter Crashes With Four On Board In Southern Delaware

Bridgeville, Delaware- The Delaware State Police are currently on the scene of a helicopter crash which occurred at the Evans Produce Farm located at 9843 Seashore Highway east of Bridgeville, Delaware, according to police.

Officials said the preliminary investigation thus far has determined the crash occurred today, Sunday, October 7, 2018, at approximately 1:37 p.m. when a 1981 Enstrom FA28C with approximately 15 gallons fuel on board took off from behind the Evans Farms Fall Festival. The pilot, 62 of Bridgeville, reported the aircraft lost power as he cleared the irrigation and electrical lines and proceeded east approximately 300 yards before making a hard landing into the adjacent soybean field.

Evens Farm was holding its Fall Festival this weekend which included helicopter rides from an outside vendor, according to their website.

Police said there were four people on the helicopter including the pilot. There were no injuries reported. The three passengers included a female passenger, 41 of Lewes and two children 7-year-old and 4-year-old were transported by Bridgeville EMS to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for precautionary reasons.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were contacted and are en-route to the scene. This is currently being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Breaking Report

Bridgeville – The Delaware State Police are currently on the scene of a helicopter crash which occurred near the Evans Produce Farm located on Seashore Highway (SR 404) today, October 7, 2018, at approximately 1:37 p.m.

Rescues from the Bridgeville Fire Company, along with crews from the Greenwood Fire Company and Trooper 2 responded to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls, reporting that an aircraft was down at a festival at the location.

Upon arrival, crews reported that the aircraft was down east of the farm and that there were no injuries. Subsequent reports indicate that three people have been transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Troopers.

Evens Farm is holding a festival this weekend that includes helicopter rides from an outside vendor, according to their website.

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