Woman killed after helicopter crashes into condominiums in Williamsburg

Posted July 10, 2018

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

According to troopers, a 911 call was received at 4:42 Sunday afternoon for the aircraft crash into the residential community on Settlement Drive, right off Ironbound Road.

The crash is under investigation, but state police released a statement saying "federal, state and local police, with the assistance of the Williamsburg Fire Department, are working to locate and identify the pilot of the helicopter".

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that the aircraft was an R44 helicopter with only the pilot onboard.

The communications office of the College of William & Mary tweeted that an "aviation incident" has been reported in a residential area near Dillard Complex.

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Fire crews spent Sunday night into Monday putting out the fire and hot spots that came as a result of the crash.

The Daily Press newspaper quoted Virginia State Police as saying there was "one confirmed fatality within the residential structure".

It was not immediately clear who owned the aircraft.

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

People who live in the area described hearing a low-flying helicopter before a loud explosion and fire. She was active in the seniors community and at her church, Saint Olaf.

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