Aviation crash reported in Virginia residential area

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

Photos shared by the Virginia State police department showed extensive damage to the residential structure, with the worst of the destruction occurring on the second floor.

WAVY-TV cited dispatchers reporting that a helicopter had crashed. State Police say the confirmed fatality inside the residence is not the pilot of the helicopter.

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

The aircraft was an R44 helicopter, according to the FAA, which tweeted updates about the crash over the weekend. 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.

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.

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Doug Brazy with the National Transportation Safety Board also spoke at the news conference. "I just heard a loud "bam" and the whole house was on fire", Sweeney said.

Peggy Weiss, who lives in the neighborhood, told the Daily Press she saw a small, rickety helicopter crash between two buildings.

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

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.