Helicopter crashes after taking off from Binghamton, five dead

A helicopter crash in northeastern Pennsylvania has killed five people, according to state police.

The chopper took off from the Greater Binghamton Airport on Saturday and and was heading to Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Lehighton when it crashed in a heavily wooded area about two hours north of Philadelphia in the town of Noxen, PA.

The crash, which is now being investigated, was not discovered until Sunday afternoon.

According to the Federal Aviation Agency, an alert was issued Saturday night when the aircraft lost radar and communication contact.

The manager of Tri Cities Airport in Endicott says the helicopter stopped there for fuel more than six hours before it crashed. Gerard Corprew says the helicopter must have come back to the airport at least once more, because a father and young son killed in the crash were still waiting to be picked up when he left at 7 p.m.

Corprew says the helicopter is sometimes used for tours. A federal tail number he provided shows the aircraft is owned by Robinson Helicopter Co. of Torrance, Calif.

Troopers say inclement weather hampered search efforts.

The identities of those killed in the crash have not yet been released.