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UPDATE: Officials identify helicopter pilot killed in fiery crash

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Authorities are identifying the helicopter pilot killed when the aircraft crashed into a Virginia apartment building, sparking a fire and killing a resident inside.

Virginia State Police said in a news release Wednesday that the medical examiner has identified the pilot as 85-year-old Henry Schwarz of Alexandria, Virginia. His Robinson R44 crashed Sunday after it took off from the nearby Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport.

Charley Rogers, a lineman who oversees operations at the airport, said Schwarz was the president of the Virginia Helicopter Association and was headed home from an association meeting.

Some witnesses told National Transportation Safety Board investigators that the engine of the four-seat helicopter sounded "funny" or "unusual" before it crashed.

Police said 91-year-old Jean Lonchak Danylko, who lived in the apartment building, was killed when the helicopter crashed.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says they've recovered the body of the pilot of small helicopter that crashed into a Virginia condominium, raising the death toll from the crash to two.

NTSB Air Safety Investigator Doug Brazy said Monday at a news conference that the pilot's body has been found, but they are still working to identify the person who was flying the Robinson R44, registered to an Alexandria, Virginia address.

Brazy says the pilot was the only person on board Sunday afternoon, and the helicopter took off from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport about a mile away. Investigators are still trying to find out the flight's purpose and destination.

Virginia State Police say 91-year-old Jean Lonchak Danylko was killed. She lived in one of the units beneath the crash.

This story has been edited to correct the spelling of the woman's last name. It is Danylko, not Danylock.

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WILLIAMSBURG, VA- One person is dead after a helicopter crashed into a townhouse structure in Williamsburg Virginia Sunday afternoon.

Police are working with other officials to locate and identify the pilot.

The impact of the crash caused a fire within the Bristol Commons complex.

Search and rescue efforts were still underway Sunday.

"Once the fire department makes the building secure, then the FAA and the NTSB will go inside to find the aircraft," said Sergeant Michelle Anaya, Virginia State Police.

Police are trying to determine the specific type of aircraft that crashed.

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