At Least One Dead After Helicopter Crashes Into Townhouses, Causing Massive Fire

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

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

Virginia State Police confirmed the fatality in a statement Sunday evening.

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

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

Another resident, Brook Sweeney, who has lived in the complex since October, said he was watching TV when he heard a noise that he at first thought was a auto accident.

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

"The way my house shook - it shook and shook", Sweeney said.

Bristol Commons resident Donald Johnson told the newspaper he was only 10 feet away from where the crash occurred. "I was downstairs on the first floor when that thing hit and I had never heard a noise like that in my life".

Williamsburg Police, William & Mary Police, James City County Police, Virginia State Police and the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office also responded to the crash.


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