One death as helicopter crashes near William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

1 dead 1 missing as helicopter crashes into condo complex in VirginiaMore

A helicopter crashed into a townhouse complex in the U.S. state of Virginia on Sunday, leaving one person dead and the building ripped apart and damaged by fire, local media said.

The FAA says the pilot was the only person onboard the R44 helicopter when it crashed in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive, causing a fire within the condominium.

As of 9pm search and rescue efforts are still underway, but at least one fatality has been confirmed. State Police say the confirmed fatality inside the residence is not the pilot of the helicopter.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is investigating the crash, confirmed the pilot was the only person in the helicopter when it went down.

The station quoted a witness as saying he heard a "big explosion", while others reported a helicopter flying low before the incident.

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

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

Several apparent parts from the helicopter were laid on a red tarp on the lawn in front of the damaged building and were briefly examined by investigators.

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

Peggy Weiss, who lives in the neighborhood, told the Daily Press she saw a small, rickety helicopter crash between two buildings.

The NTSB will announce the probable cause of the crash after conducting its investigation.

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