Chopper crashes into United States townhouse, 1 dead

10 July, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Bristol Commons Townhomes

A helicopter crashed into a townhouse complex in the USA state of Virginia on Sunday, leaving one person dead and the building ripped apart and damaged by fire, local media said.

"The investigation into the pilot, aircraft and cause of the crash is continuing today", the state police statement said, adding that the NTSB will hold a news conference Monday at 2:30 p.m.

She lived in one of the units beneath the crash.

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The FAA later tweeted that only the pilot was onboard the chopper, which was identified as an R44.

State police received reports of the crash and subsequent fire at the Bristol Commons townhomes in Williamsburg at 4.42pm.

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. "The whole house shook and then I just heard a loud "bam" and the whole house was on fire", Sweeney said.

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"Just want to say thanks to all of the emergency personnel who came out and kept everybody safe and also just praying for those who lost everything in the fire", said Chris Robertson.

Officials say firefighters worked through the night to put out the fire and hot spots in the building.

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

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