1 dead, 1 missing as helicopter crashes into condo complex in Virginia

Monday, 09 Jul, 2018

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 911 call came in Sunday before 5 p.m. about an aircraft crashing into a residential structure in Williamsburg near Settlement Drive, Virginia State Police said.

The FAA later tweeted that only the pilot was onboard the chopper, which was identified as an R44.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police said during a Sunday evening briefing that at least one person inside the building - in addition to the pilot - was killed.

People who live in the area described hearing a low-flying helicopter before a loud explosion and fire. Police say they don't have information about the pilot or the aircraft, citing structural safety.

A witness told Burns that he will never forgot the sound of the helicopter colliding with the side of this townhouse complex.

Brook Sweeney, who lives across the street from a house on fire, told the newspaper the whole house shook when the crash occurred. I just walked out and looked and got out, I was afraid it would blow up'.

Geller said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were responding.

Bristol Commons is near the campus of The College of William & Mary and is located across Ironbound Road from Dillard Field.