Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Virginia State Police helicopter crashes near Charlottesville, witnesses say

Virginia State Police helicopter crashes near Charlottesville, witnesses say

The crash happened in a wooden area near a home on Old Farm Road.

Virginia State Police are saying two troopers are dead after a helicopter crashed Saturday evening.

Initial reports suggested that the aircraft was in fact a State Police helicopter and local news stated that police had confirmed that the vehicle was one of their own.

Helicopters were reported flying overhead in Charlottesville as Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after what is believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in a decade.

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The helicopter crashed in a wooded area southwest of Charlottesville.

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"There are two confirmed fatalities", the statement read. The FAA said it is investigating the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine its probable cause. Authorities say no one on the ground was injured.

At this time, there is very little information available.

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