Crews working to rebuild townhouse damaged in fatal helicopter crash

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Construction is underway to rebuild townhomes that were damaged following a deadly helicopter crash in Williamsburg last summer.

A spokesperson for the city said Bristol Commons was approved for rebuilding on April 15 — and work on the first floor is currently underway.

Authorities said a helicopter crashed into a home on Settlement Drive, off Ironbound Road, just before 5 p.m. on July 8, 2018. Two people were killed in the crash — the pilot, 85-year-old Henry Schwarz, and 91-year-old resident Jean Danylko.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in its preliminary report Schwarz took off from the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport and flew for about three nautical miles before something went wrong. 

The report said the helicopter’s last recorded position was near the townhome falling at a rate greater than 10,000 feet per minute. A fire that was sparked by the crash destroyed nearly all the helicopter’s instruments and equipment.

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