As of 8:30 p.m., Virginia State Police reported that search and recovery efforts were ongoing at the scene and that there was one confirmed fatality inside the building.
The pilot was the only person on board the Robinson R44, a small four-seat helicopter, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed via Twitter late Sunday.
The pilot of the helicopter is still unaccounted for, and emergency workers can not access the crash scene due to instability in the structure. He said that the pilot was the only person on board the four-seater helicopter when it went down in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive.
State police received reports of the crash and subsequent fire at the Bristol Commons townhomes in Williamsburg at 4.42pm. Neighbors told the Daily Press that they heard sounds resembling a helicopter crash.More news: LeBron won’t meet with Cavaliers in person when free agency opens
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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 crash, which occurred near the campus of the College of William & Mary, caused a fire that destroyed the building and took several hours to get under control, the Virginia Daily-Pilot reported.
She lived in one of the units beneath the crash. "I just heard a loud "bam" and the whole house was on fire", Sweeney said.