91-year-old woman killed when helicopter crashes into Williamsburg condominium

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

A 91-year-old woman was killed Sunday when a helicopter crashed into her condominium in Williamsburg, Virginia, according to Virginia State Police.

A 911 call came in Sunday before 5 p.m. about an aircraft crashing into a residential structure in Williamsburg near Settlement Drive, Virginia State Police said.

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

Brazy said the helicopter took off from Williamsburg/James City County Airport.

The station quoted a witness as saying he heard a "big explosion", while others reported a helicopter flying low before the incident.

As of 8:30 p.m., Virginia State Police reported that search and recovery efforts were ongoing at the scene and that there was one confirmed fatality inside the building.

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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 vehicle accident.

Firefighters spent several hours putting out the blaze.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are also responding to the scene.

The crash was near the College of William and Mary.

The FAA tweeted Sunday night that they and the NTSB would investigate to determine a probable cause of the crash.

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