National Transportation Safety Board

One year after helicopter crash answers remain scarce

One year after helicopter crash answers remain scarce

Monday marked one year since a helicopter crashed into a 10-unit condominium complex in the Bristol Commons neighborhood of Williamsburg.

The fiery crash claimed the lives of 91-year-old resident Jean Lonchak Danylko and 85-year-old pilot Henry “Hank” Schwarz of Fairfax County.

In the intervening months, former residents have had to stitch together their suddenly threadbare lives; most folks lost everything of value as the crash and fire department response first burned, then smoked and later waterlogged their possessions.

It was midnight in South Africa when Jennie Cuddeback, 22, of Winchester, got word of the crash. The College of William and Mary student was almost...

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