At least one person killed after helicopter crashes in Virginia

Bristol Commons Townhomes

Bristol Commons Townhomes

Authorities in Virginia say at least one person was killed in a residential townhome after a helicopter crashed into it. Virginia State Police confirmed the fatality in a statement Sunday evening.

The Williamsburg Fire Department is joined on the scene by state and local police as well as Aviation Safety Inspectors from the FAA and officials from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is investigating the crash, confirmed the pilot was the only person in the helicopter when it went down.

Leslie said there are 10 units in building, and he and others banged on all the doors of all the townhomes to alert residents to get out of the building as quickly as possible.

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

Several apparent parts from the helicopter were laid on a red tarp on the lawn in front of the damaged building and were briefly examined by investigators.

The NTSB will announce the probable cause of the crash after conducting its investigation.

The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg issued a tweet Sunday warning students of the crash and urging them to avoid the area around the school's Dillard Complex.

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

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