91-year-old woman killed when helicopter crashes into Williamsburg condo

10 July, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • At least one dead after helicopter crashes into residential Virginia neighborhood, sparking a fire

At least one person is dead after a helicopter crashed into a Williamsburg townhouse complex on Sunday, sparking a blaze that heavily damaged a 10-unit building.

Additionally, federal, state, and police, along with the Williamsburg Fire Department, are working to identify the pilot of the helicopter.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the aircraft as a Robinson R44 helicopter. Authorities say the crash caused a fire that spread to different parts of the building.

The Williamsburg Fire Department is joined on the scene by state and local police as well as Aviation Safety Inspectors from the FAA and officials from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Jean Lonchak Danylko was killed when the aircraft hit her home around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, state police said in a statement Monday.

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

"I just heard a loud 'bam" and the whole house was on fire, ' she said.

Firefighters from James City County, Williamsburg and York County fought the blaze, which continued to smolder into the evening.

The College of William and Mary said the incident happened near Dillard Complex and that people should avoid the area.

The FAA tweeted Sunday night that they and the NTSB would investigate to determine a probable cause of the crash.

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