Pilot dies in Bucks County helicopter crash

    A fiery helicopter crash in Bucks County has claimed the life of the pilot, who investigators said is a retired Pennsylvania state trooper.

    Bucks County dispatchers said the helicopter went down and caught fire before 7 a.m. Wednesday, shortly after takeoff.

    Pennsylvania State Police have identified the pilot as retired Cpl. Doug Brigham. Authorities said he also was a member of the local fire company that responded to his crash and a member of the Tinicum Township’s Department of Emergency Management.

    The Federal Aviation Administration is handling the accident investigation.

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    It wasn’t immediately clear whether there were other passengers on board.

    The crash site is near the Delaware River in the Erwinna section of Tinicum Township, about 50 miles north of Philadelphia.

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