WEST WINDSOR - One man is dead after a helicopter crashed around noon yesterday in a cornfield in West Windsor.

The 65-year old victim has been identified by police as Michael Scarfia, a retired New York City Police officer. Scarfia was flying from Princeton to Atlantic City when the helicopter went down in a cornfield close to Route One and the Quaker Bridge Mall.The National Transportation Safety Board is heading the investigating. Initial reports suggest that the cause may have been mechanical.

Witnesses say the helicopter appeared to break apart in the air before crashing, and others reported seeing birds strike the helicopter.