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At least one killed in Virginia helicopter crash

At least one killed in Virginia helicopter crash

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

Virginia State Police said a 911 call came in Sunday before 5 p.m. about an aircraft crashing into a residential structure in Williamsburg near Settlement Drive. Authorities say the crash caused a fire that spread to different parts of the building.

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

Firefighters were on the scene through the night working to control the blaze.

The Daily Press newspaper quoted Virginia State Police as saying there was "one confirmed fatality within the residential structure".

Authorities confirmed on Monday afternoon that Henry Schwarz was the pilot of the helicopter that crashed into the condominium.




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

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

Police are not sure what injuries, if any, have occurred.

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

Bristol Commons is near the campus of The College of William & Mary and is located across Ironbound Road from Dillard Field.

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


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