Retired police officer dies in Mercer copter crash

Posted: September 16, 2012

One man was killed when a helicopter crashed about noon Saturday in a field in West Windsor, Mercer County, police said. The victim was identified as Michael Scarfia, 65, a retired New York City police officer who lived on Staten Island, N.Y.

The helicopter went down at the corner of Clarksville and Quakerbridge Roads on the former property of American Cyanamid, an agricultural research site. Several witnesses reported hearing grinding noises and possible explosions shortly before the crash.

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

- Joe Trinacria

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