Woman killed after helicopter crashes into condominiums in Williamsburg

by Garry Watts July 10, 2018, 0:47
Woman killed after helicopter crashes into condominiums in Williamsburg

Police say they are still working to locate and identify the pilot of the helicopter, which crashed around 5 p.m.in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive and started a fire at a townhouse.

Paul Leslie, who lives in a building near the crash, told the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily that he heard a helicopter "come overhead" that "basically didn't sound right".

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

Jean Lonchak Danylko was killed when the aircraft hit her home around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, state police said in a statement Monday.

The FAA later tweeted that only the pilot was onboard the chopper, which was identified as an R44.

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"The way my house shook - it shook and shook", Sweeney said.

She lived in one of the units beneath the crash.

Donald Johnson told the newspaper he was 10 feet away from the crash when it struck his apartment building. I just walked out and looked and got out, I was afraid it would blow up'.

The crash occurred near the campus of the College of William and Mary, prompting an alert from the university, although the university stressed that it did not occur on William and Mary property.

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

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