TINICUM TWP., Pa. -

A former Pennsylvania State Police trooper was killed in a helicopter crash in Bucks County early Wednesday, officials said.

The chopper went down and caught fire in the woods off Uhlerstown Hill Road, near Everbreeze Drive, in Tinicum Township, said officials, adding that the crash happened shortly after takeoff. Emergency crews said they got the call at 6:39 a.m.

Pennsylvania State Police identified the pilot as retired Cpl. Doug Brigham. No one else was on board.

Authorities said Brigham was also was a member of the Delaware Valley Fire Company, which responded to the crash site, and a member of the Tinicum Township Department of Emergency Management.

Brigham took off from a helipad in his yard on Everbreeze Drive, heading east, and crashed into a ravine 500 feet after takeoff, officials said.

Brigham worked for Catalyst Aviation in Medford, N.J.

The Federal Aviation Administration is handling the accident investigation.