One dead after helicopter crashed into Virginia residence


One dead after helicopter crashed into Virginia residence

One person is dead and the pilot of a helicopter is missing after a helicopter crashed into a condo complex in the popular destination town of Williamsburg, Virginia, on Sunday.

The crash took place Sunday around 5 p.m., according to CNN affiliate WAVY-TV. Police say the crash caused a fire at a townhouse.

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.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the aircraft as a Robinson R44 helicopter.

Danylko's family said through Virginia State Police that the 91-year-old served as secretary to the president of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) for many years. State police had said earlier in the evening they were still searching for the pilot.

The National Safety Transportation Board has scheduled a media update for 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters were on the scene through the night working to control the blaze.

Paul Leslie, who lives in a building near the crash, told the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily that he heard a helicopter "come overhead" that "basically didn't sound right".

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.