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ICYMI: Here’s what you need to know about the helicopter crash at Bristol Commons last week

Last week, a helicopter crashed into a residential building in the Bristol Commons neighborhood in Williamsburg.

Both a 91-year-old Bristol Commons resident and the helicopter’s 85-year-old pilot died in the crash, which sparked a blaze that heavily damaged a 10-unit building.

The crash happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive near William & Mary’s Dillard Complex.

Body of helicopter pilot recovered from wreckage, identified as Alexandria man

The body of a pilot whose helicopter crashed into a Williamsburg townhome building shortly after takeoff was recovered from the heavily damaged structure Monday, federal officials said. READ MORE

Firefighters and investigators remove debris from the site of a helicopter crash Monday, July 9, 2018, at the Bristol Commons townhouse complex. (WYDaily/Bryan DeVasher)
Firefighters and investigators remove debris from the site of a helicopter crash Monday, July 9, 2018, at the Bristol Commons townhouse complex. (WYDaily/Bryan DeVasher)

‘Never saw her in a bad mood’: Friends in shock after 91-year-old killed in Sunday’s helicopter crash

Jean Danylko was a faithful member of the chair-based exercise strength training class for arthritic seniors at the James City County Recreation Center. READ MORE

Friends and colleagues set up a memorial for Jean Danylko at the desk in the James City County Recreation Center where she volunteered. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)
Friends and colleagues set up a memorial for Jean Danylko at the desk in the James City County Recreation Center where she volunteered. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)

‘It’s all gone’: Woman narrowly escapes as helicopter crashes through Williamsburg condo

Jeanette Weaver was enjoying a cup of coffee in her second-story Bristol Commons townhouse Sunday afternoon when she heard a whooshing sound and a crash. READ MORE

Jeanette Weaver lost nearly everything except her life when a helicopter crashed into her Bristol Commons apartment Sunday afternoon. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)
Jeanette Weaver lost nearly everything except her life when a helicopter crashed into her Bristol Commons apartment Sunday afternoon. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

Aviation lawyer: Helicopter in Williamsburg crash has ‘statistically higher’ accident rate

Since 1995, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a handful of special airworthiness information bulletins for the Robinson R44, which is not uncommon.

But some aviation lawyers say the R44 can experience certain mechanical issues and post-crash fires. READ MORE

The Robinson R44 is a small helicopter that can carry three people and a pilot. It is the make of helicopter that crashed Sunday, July 8, 2018, into the Bristol Commons townhouse complex in Williamsburg. (WYDaily/Courtesy Robinson Helicopter Co.)

Residents of Williamsburg community where helicopter crashed see need for stronger bonds

The people who rushed inside to safety were Bridge’s neighbors, but many were nearly strangers. READ MORE

Onlookers take photographs and shoot video as firefighters battle a blaze Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Bristol Commons apartment complex in Williamsburg. Witnesses said the fire was caused after a helicopter crashed and exploded. (WYDaily/Bryan DeVasher)
Onlookers take photographs and shoot video as firefighters battle a blaze Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Bristol Commons townhomes in Williamsburg. Witnesses said the fire was caused after a helicopter crashed and exploded. (WYDaily/Bryan DeVasher)
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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