The crash happened shortly after 4:30 p.m.in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive at the Bristol Commons townhomes off Ironbound Road, across from William & Mary's Dillard Complex.
This is the terrifying aftermath of a helicopter crash in a residential area in the United States.
Doug Brazy with the National Transportation Safety Board also spoke at the news conference.
The crash sparked a large fire, according to CNN affiliate WAVY-TV.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is investigating the crash, confirmed the pilot was the only person in the helicopter when it went down. Investigators did not indicated if the owner was the man who was piloting the aircraft.
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People who live in the area described hearing a low-flying helicopter before a loud explosion and fire.
Photos shared by the Virginia State police department showed extensive damage to the residential structure, with the worst of the destruction occurring on the second floor.
The impact of the crash ignited a fire at the townhouse complex, which is surrounded by several other residential units.
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. She was active in the seniors community and at her church, Saint Olaf.