One dead after helicopter crashed into Virginia residence

At least one dead after helicopter crashes into residential Virginia neighborhood, sparking a fire

Police have confirmed a 91-year-old woman died when a helicopter crashed into her residence Sunday in Williamsburg.

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.

A 91-year-old woman was killed after a helicopter crashed into her house in U.S. state of Virginia on Monday.

Photos shared by the Virginia State police department showed extensive damage to the residential structure, with the worst of the destruction occurring on the second floor.

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

The station quoted a witness as saying he heard a "big explosion", while others reported a helicopter flying low before the incident. "I just heard a loud "bam" and the whole house was on fire", Sweeney said.

Firefighters from James City County, Williamsburg and York County fought the blaze, which continued to smolder into the evening.

The crash happened near the College of William and Mary Dillard Complex, prompting an alert from the university.

Doug Brazy with the National Transportation Safety Board also spoke at the news conference.

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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