by: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A state police helicopter flying above a clash between protesters crashed Saturday near a golf course in the Virginia woods, killing two people on board, police said.
Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates were killed in the crash, Virginia State Police said.
“(The helicopter) was assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation,” state police said in a statement when it crashed around 4:50 p.m. near the Birdwood Golf Course. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Helicopter crash fully involved believed to be VSP Helicopter working the protest but agency not confirmed.— VPFF President Bragg (@Hoosff) August 12, 2017
FAA: "A Bell 407 helicopter crashed seven miles southwest of Charlottesville at about 4:50 pm today." pic.twitter.com/q5ZX6hImrs— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) August 12, 2017
No one on the ground was injured.
The crash happened just a couple hours after a car plowed into a crowd of people.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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