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Update: Pilot, Elderly Resident Killed When Helicopter Crashes Into Virginia Apartment

By Dan Parsons | July 9, 2018
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Robinson Helicopter R44 Raven II. Photo by Tupungato

At least two people were killed when a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed into a Williamsburg, Virginia, apartment building Sunday evening, killing the pilot and one resident of the structure that was gutted by fire.

Only the pilot was on board the R44 when it crashed into the 10-unit structure around 5 p.m. local time July 8, according to the FAA. The pilot's body was recovered Monday, but was not identified by Virginia State Police. The owner, operator and origin of the helicopter also were not known.


The remains of Jean Danylko, a 91-year-old resident of the building hit by the helicopter, were recovered from the scene, State Police said.

The Williamsburg Fire Department worked through the night to put out the fire, according to the Virginia State Police. The search for the helicopter pilot was called off overnight and resumed Monday. Investigators are still working to confirm the identity of the aircraft and its operator.

The FAA has confirmed only one fatality and that no passengers were aboard the helicopter other than the pilot. A spokesperson for the Virginia State Police told the local Virginia Gazette the fatality was not the pilot. Search and rescue operations were ongoing Sunday evening.

FAA aviation inspectors arrived on the scene, near an off-campus housing facility owned by the College of William and Mary, a few hours after the crash, according to the administration’s Twitter account.

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