Woman killed in crash of helicopter into Va. condo

Credit Kaeley Clardy

At least one person was killed when a helicopter crashed into a residential townhome building in Williamsburg, Virginia Sunday evening.

The crash happened Sunday around 4:40 p.m.in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive.

The Red Cross is helping those displaced by the crash, and police are working to account for all homeowners and renters who lived in the building, Anaya said. The crash caused a fire in the structure.

The station quoted a witness as saying he heard a "big explosion", while others reported a helicopter flying low before the incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the aircraft as a Robinson R44 helicopter. State Police say the confirmed fatality inside the residence is not the pilot of the helicopter.

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Another resident, Brook Sweeney, who has lived in the complex since October, said he was watching TV when he heard a noise that he at first thought was a vehicle accident.

"Just want to say thanks to all of the emergency personnel who came out and kept everybody safe and also just praying for those who lost everything in the fire", said Chris Robertson.

The Williamsburg Fire Department worked through the night to put out hot spots within the structure.

The National Transportation Safety Board plans a news conference Monday afternoon.

The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg issued a tweet Sunday warning students of the crash and urging them to avoid the area around the school's Dillard Complex.

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