At least one killed in Virginia helicopter crash

10 July, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Carlos George
  • At least one dead after helicopter crashes into residential Virginia neighborhood, sparking a fire

Several witnesses at the scene told WYDaily that they saw the helicopter in distress shortly before the crash, which caused extensive damage to one one of the complex's buildings.

Police said in a statement: 'Federal, state and local police, with the assistance of the Williamsburg Fire Department, are working to locate and identify the pilot of the helicopter'.

WAVY-TV cited dispatchers reporting that a helicopter had crashed.

The crash was reported around 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a building on Settlement Drive in Williamsburg about an hour east of Richmond.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is investigating the crash, confirmed the pilot was the only person in the helicopter when it went down.

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The College of William and Mary said the incident happened near Dillard Complex and that people should avoid the area. Investigators did not indicated if the owner was the man who was piloting the aircraft.

"The way my house shook - it shook and shook", Sweeney said.

Virginia State Police said in a release Monday that Jean Lonchak Danylko, of Williamsburg, was killed.

"This helicopter came over but it was really low, and when it hit the townhome it caused a huge ball of fire and a big, huge explosion", said Suzanne Webber, who lives in Bristol Commons. She was active in the seniors community and at her church, Saint Olaf.

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