1 dead after helicopter crashes into Virginia condo

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Virginia State Police say that Jean Lochak Danylko, 91, is the only reported fatality after a helicopter crashed into a townhouse complex in Williamsburg Sunday afternoon, sparking a massive fire. Authorities said they were still trying to locate and identify the pilot of the helicopter after it went down after 4:30 p.m.in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive.

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

Additionally, federal, state, and police, along with the Williamsburg Fire Department, are working to identify the pilot of the helicopter.

WAVY-TV cited dispatchers reporting that a helicopter had crashed.

NBC affiliate WRAL reports the death was confirmed in a statement from Virginia State Police.

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

The Williamsburg Fire Department worked through the night to put out hot spots within the structure.

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

The College of William and Mary issued an alert about the crash near its campus but has confirmed that it did not occur on school property.

Investigators are contacting local airports to determine what aircraft was in the air Sunday afternoon in order to develop a timeline for the crash, Anaya said.

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