At Least One Person Killed When Helicopter Crashed Into Residential Neighborhood

Posted at 9:34 PM, Jul 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-08 21:34:29-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WRAL) –  At least one person was killed when a helicopter crashed into a residential townhome building in Williamsburg, Virginia Sunday evening. 

NBC affiliate WRAL reports the death was confirmed in a statement from Virginia State Police. Authorities said the helicopter went down around 4:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive, which is near the campus of William & Mary. Reportedly they were still trying to locate and identify the pilot of the helicopter.

It was not immediately clear if the person who died was on board the aircraft or on the ground.

The communications office of the College of William & Mary tweeted that an "aviation incident" has been reported in a residential area near Dillard Complex.

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

Video after the accident shows masses of debris and the roof of the building completely gone.

A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

It was not immediately clear who owned the aircraft.

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