At Least One Person Killed When Helicopter Crashed Into Residential Neighborhood

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A helicopter crashed Sunday into a housing complex near the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., touching off a fire and leaving at least one person dead, authorities said. State police had said earlier in the evening they were still searching for the pilot.

Police say they are still working to locate and identify the pilot of the helicopter.

This is the terrifying aftermath of a helicopter crash in a residential area in the United States.

The Williamsburg Fire Department worked through the night to put out hot spots within the structure.

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

The fate of the pilot is not clear, police said, due to concerns about the structural safety of the building.

Police are still assessing the scene to determine what injuries have occurred, along with identifying the aircraft.

WAVY-TV cited dispatchers reporting that a helicopter had crashed.

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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 accident took place in a residential area near the campus of William and Mary, which warned people to stay away from the area.

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

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