One man killed in West Windsor helicopter crash

Authorities say the pilot of a small helicopter has been killed in a crash in central New Jersey.

The crash occurred shortly after noon on Saturday in West Windsor, but it was not immediately clear what caused the accident. Authorities have not released the name of the pilot but say he is believed to have been the only person aboard the helicopter.

Several witnesses reported hearing grinding noises and possible explosions shortly before the Aerospatiale AS355 twin-engine helicopter went down in a cornfield near Route 1 and Quakerbridge Road in the Mercer County community.

Authorities say the helicopter burst into flames upon impact, but no one on the ground was injured.

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They say the pilot did not report any trouble or make any emergency transmissions.

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