Thursday, 19 July, 2018

1 killed when helicopter crashes into Virginia homes

91-year-old woman killed when helicopter crashes into Williamsburg condo Woman killed when helicopter crashes into Virginia home
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 19:06

The woman killed when a helicopter crashed into her Williamsburg home Sunday afternoon was identified as 91-year-old Jean Lonchak Danylko, according to Virginia State Police.

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

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The FAA says the pilot was the only person onboard the R44 helicopter when it crashed in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive, causing a fire within the condominium.

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

The impact of the crash sparked up a fire at the townhouse complex, which is surrounded by several other residential units.

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People who live in the area described hearing a low-flying helicopter before a loud explosion and fire.

"I was upstairs when I heard what sounded like a helicopter flying really low overhead".

"The place starts erupting", Sweeney said.

The Federal Aviation Administration tweeted that Aviation Safety Inspectors arrived in Williamsburg at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Richard Bridge, who witnessed the aftermath, told WAVY, "It was like watching a movie.yes. I just walked out and looked and got out, I was afraid it would blow up".