One dead after helicopter crashes into Virginia house


One dead after helicopter crashes into Virginia house

Cheryl Sanders
July 10, 2018

A 91-year-old woman has been killed after a helicopter crashed into the condo she was living in.

The crash happened Sunday around 4:40 p.m.in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive.

Police said in a statement: 'Federal, state and local police, with the assistance of the Williamsburg Fire Department, are working to locate and identify the pilot of the helicopter'.


Video after the accident shows masses of debris and the roof of the building completely gone.

Authorities confirmed on Monday afternoon that Henry Schwarz was the pilot of the helicopter that crashed into the condominium. However, the FAA later said there were multiple victims. The name of the helicopter's pilot and information about the aircraft has not yet been released.

R44 models are common, four-seat helicopters produced by the Robinson Helicopter Company.


The National Safety Transportation Board has scheduled a media update for 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Before the helicopter involved was identified by the FAA, the Navy had confirmed to News 3 that all Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Air Station Oceana aircraft were accounted for and no Navy aircraft was involved.

The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg issued a tweet Sunday warning students of the crash and urging them to avoid the area around the school's Dillard Complex.


Williamsburg is a popular tourist location with Colonial Williamsburg, an historical recreation of the 18th century town, and the amusement park Busch Gardens.

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