One dead after helicopter crashed into Virginia residence

Pauline Gross
July 10, 2018

The crash was reported around 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a building on Settlement Drive in Williamsburg about an hour east of Richmond.

The crash sparked a large fire, according to CNN affiliate WAVY-TV.

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".

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.

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.

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In a Twitter message, the FAA described the helicopter as an R44. State Police say the confirmed fatality inside the residence is not the pilot of the helicopter.

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

Doug Brazy with the National Transportation Safety Board also spoke at the news conference.

Brook Sweeney lives across the street from where the crash took place and told the Daily-Pilot the impact sounded like a vehicle crash.

The crash happened near the College of William and Mary Dillard Complex, prompting an alert from the university.

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