91-year-old USA woman dies after helicopter crashes into her house

Michelle Anaya provided the information on behalf of Jean Lonchak Danylko's family at a news conference Monday.

Several witnesses at the scene told WYDaily that they saw the helicopter in distress shortly before the crash, which caused extensive damage to one one of the complex's buildings.

According to troopers, a 911 call was received around 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon for the aircraft crash into the Bristol Commons. 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.

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 College of William and Mary issued an alert about the crash near its campus but has confirmed that it did not occur on school property.

Brook Sweeney lives across the street from where the crash took place and told the Daily-Pilot the impact sounded like a auto crash. Investigators did not indicated if the owner was the man who was piloting the aircraft.

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

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

  • Jon Douglas