1 dead after helicopter crashed into residence

  • 1 dead after helicopter crashed into residence

1 dead after helicopter crashed into residence

A Williamsburg firefighter peers into a window of a damaged townhome after a helicopter crashed and burned Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Bristol Commons townhomes.

A 91-year-old woman was killed Sunday when a helicopter crashed into her condominium in Williamsburg, Virginia, according to Virginia State Police.

NBC affiliate WRAL reports the death was confirmed in a statement from Virginia State Police.

Geller said search and recovery efforts were taking place at the site of the crash as federal, state, and local police worked with the Williamsburg Fire Department to locate and identify the pilot of the helicopter.

In a Twitter message, the FAA described the helicopter as an R44.

Brook Sweeney lives across the street from where the crash took place and told the Daily-Pilot the impact sounded like a vehicle crash.

Peggy Weiss, who lives in the neighborhood, told the Daily Press she saw a small, rickety helicopter crash between two buildings.

The Federal Aviation Administration tweeted that Aviation Safety Inspectors arrived in Williamsburg at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. "I just heard a loud "bam" and the whole house was on fire", Sweeney said.

Bristol Commons resident Donald Johnson told the newspaper he was only 10 feet away from where the crash occurred.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are still investigating the cause of the accident.