The pilot, a New Jersey man, died in the crash Thursday, May 25, at about 11:55 a.m. near the post office on Quigley Boulevard.

UPDATE, May 26, 5:34 a.m.

The pilot has been identified in the fatal helicopter crash that happened Thursday, May 25 near the post office on Quigley Boulevard in New Castle.

Michael R. Murphy, 37, of Franklinville, New Jersey, crashed into a drainage ditch in back of the post office at 147 Quigley Boulevard, said State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale.

Upon impact, the helicopter became engulfed in flames.

The Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company and neighboring fire companies responded and extinguished the flames.

Murphy, who was employed by Metro Aviation, was the sole occupant of the helicopter. He was declared dead at the scene. His body was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Sciences where an autopsy will be performed, Hale said.

There were no other injuries.

A shed and several parked vehicles were damaged due to flying debris and flames.

The 2006 Airbus EC-135P2 helicopter was owned by Penn Star, the air transportation service for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. 

Aviation officials told police that Murphy had flown from the Atlantic City Airport and was conducting "approach training" in the area of the New Castle County Airport.

The investigation into the cause of this crash is continuing.

FIRST REPORT, May 25, 2:54 p.m.

One person has died in a helicopter crash today, May 25, in New Castle.

Delaware State Police, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident that happened at about 11:55 a.m., said Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale.

The privately owned helicopter occupied by one person crashed in a grassy area behind the U.S. Post Office in the 200 block of Quigley Boulevard.

The occupant of the helicopter has been declared dead at the scene, Hale said. There were no other injuries.

A shed on the property and several vehicles received minor damage.