Virginia State Police say at least one person is dead after a helicopter crashed into a townhouse complex in Williamsburg Sunday afternoon, sparking a massive fire.
The FAA says the pilot was the only person onboard the R44 helicopter when it crashed.
According to troopers, a 911 call was received at 4:42 Sunday afternoon for the aircraft crash into the Bristol Commons complex on Settlement Drive, right off Ironbound Road.
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 residential structure.
Additionally, federal, state, and police, along with the Williamsburg Fire Department, are working to identify the pilot of the helicopter. State Police say the confirmed fatality inside the residence is not the pilot of the helicopter.
The College of William and Mary says via Twitter the crash happened in a residential area near Dillard Complex.
The impact of the crash caused a fire in the townhomes.
The crash happened near the College of William and Mary Dillard Complex, prompting an alert from the university, however officials stress it did not occur on William and Mary property.
The Hampton Roads area has a large amount of military aviation traffic- including Navy and Army helicopters from Naval Station Norfolk and Ft. Eustis.
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