NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A medical helicopter has crashed behind a building in a Delaware industrial park, killing the pilot. No other injuries have been reported.

The pilot has been identified as 37 year-old Michael Murphy from New Jersey.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the Eurocopter E135 helicopter crashed just before noon Thursday about 1 mile southeast of New Castle Airport. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A jury has awarded the families of two helicopter pilots killed in a 2014 midair collision with a small plane in Maryland a total of $17 million.

The Frederick News-Post reports  Midwest Air Traffic Control Services will pay the family of 29-year-old Christopher Parsons $5 million and the family of 47-year-old William Jenkins $12 million, per Tuesday's decision. The company, which was sued for negligence, had claimed the pilots' lack of awareness caused the crash.


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is flying high after regaining use of a helicopter for aerial surveillance.
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that it's using the chopper this fall to help enforce deer hunting and oyster-harvesting regulations.
The aviation unit was eliminated in 2009 in a cost-cutting move by the administration of former governor Martin O'Malley. The agency says the helicopter was transferred to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

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It was during a training exercise last night when a Delaware firefighter fell to his death.

WBOC reports that Delaware State Police say a Delaware State Police Aviation Unit had been carrying out a training run at around 6:45 p.m.

The exercise was being carried out in conjunction with the Delaware Air Rescue Team.  

Authorities say the firefighter fell from a helicopter when he stepped onto the skid above the Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

The identity of the firefighter has been not been released.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A Maryland State Police helicopter crew helped rescue a man who fell 200 feet from a cliff in western Maryland.
The Cumberland Times-News reports that crew members hoisted the 19-year-old into the helicopter Tuesday evening near Wiley Ford, West Virginia, across the Potomac River from Cumberland.
He was flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland for treatment.
The teen's condition wasn't immediately available Thursday. Police haven't released his name.


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board shows a helicopter was cleared for takeoff at a Maryland airport about two minutes before it crashed with an airplane that was cleared to land.

Three men were killed in the crash Oct. 23 near Frederick Municipal Airport.

Based on the preliminary report Saturday, The Frederick News-Post reports the airplane was cleared to land at 3:34 p.m. The helicopter was cleared for takeoff a minute later.


FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Three men killed in a mid-air collision between a helicopter and an airplane in Maryland will be laid to rest this week.

The funeral for 29-year-old Christopher Parsons of Westminster, Maryland, will be held Tuesday in Fletcher, Pennsylvania, with visitation on Monday. Visitation for 47-year-old William Jenkins of Morrison, Colorado, is Wednesday in Durst, Pennsylvania. Services are private.

Services for 35-year-old Breandan McFawn of Cumberland, Maryland also are private.

Obituaries say both McFawn and Jenkins were married fathers of two.

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An airplane and a helicopter collided in mid-air near an airport in Frederick, Maryland yesterday killing three and injuring two.

The accident occurred when a Cirrus SR22 plane heading to the Frederick Municipal Airport hit an R44 helicopter that was involved in a training exercise.

Captain Kevin Fox of the Frederick County Fire and Rescue said that the collision happened around 3:40 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

Fox said the injured victims were taken to Meritus Medical Center’s trauma center in Hagerstown.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power says a helicopter will be inspecting transmission lines over the next few weeks.

WXDE-FM is reporting that the helicopter will fly low over the Delmarva Power transmission system to inspect and document items that may require attention.