At least one killed in Virginia helicopter crash


The Federal Aviation Administration identified the aircraft as a Robinson R44 helicopter.

Danylko's family said through Virginia State Police that the 91-year-old served as secretary to the president of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) for many years. Police say they are still working to locate and identify the pilot of the helicopter, which crashed around 5 the 1100 block of Settlement Drive and started a fire at a townhouse.

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

Several witnesses on scene told the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily that they saw a helicopter in distress in the area shortly before hearing sirens.

Brook Sweeney, who lives across the street from one of the homes on fire, said her whole house shook when the helicopter made impact.

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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 auto accident.

The communications office of the College of William & Mary tweeted that an "aviation incident" has been reported in a residential area near Dillard Complex. "I just heard a loud "bam" and the whole house was on fire", Sweeney said.

Bristol Commons resident Donald Johnson told the newspaper he was only 10 feet away from where the crash occurred.

The National Transportation Safety Board plans a news conference Monday afternoon.