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1 dead after helicopter crashed into residence

1 dead after helicopter crashed into residence

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. Authorities said the helicopter went down around 4:30 p.m.in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive, which is near the campus of William & Mary.

A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Paul Leslie, who lives in a building near the crash, told the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily that he heard a helicopter "come overhead" that "basically didn't sound right".

The impact of the crash sparked up a fire at the townhouse complex, which is surrounded by several other residential units. "I just heard a loud "bam" and the whole house was on fire", Sweeney said.

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Officials say firefighters worked through the night to put out the fire and hot spots in the building.

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.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are also responding to the scene.

Investigators are contacting local airports to determine what aircraft was in the air Sunday afternoon in order to develop a timeline for the crash, Anaya said.

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