Five people on board, no injuries

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a helicopter crash that occurred in Bridgeville on Sunday.

A preliminary investigation, conducted by Delaware State Police, determined the crash occurred during the Evans Farm Fall Festival on Sunday, October 7, at around 1:37 p.m., at 9843 Seashore Highway. A 1981 Enstrom FA28C helicopter, with approximately 15 gallons of fuel on board, took off with four passengers, not including the pilot. The pilot, a 62-year-old Bridgeville man, reported that the aircraft lost power as he cleared the irrigation and electrical lines. The helicopter proceeded east approximately 300 yards before making a hard landing into an adjacent soybean field.

No injuries were reported, but three of the passengers, including a 41-year-old Lewes woman, a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old, were transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for precautionary reasons.

Delaware State Police informed both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration of the incident. More information will be released as it becomes available.