2 dead in helicopter crash near Charlottesville, police say

2 dead in helicopter crash near Charlottesville, police say

2 dead in helicopter crash near Charlottesville, police say

A state police helicopter crashed near Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, killing two people hours after violent protests in the city, according to a report. Footage shows smoke rising from the scene. The FAA said it is investigating the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine its probable cause. No injuries on the ground have been reported.

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

Emergency dispatch audio tweeted by ABC7 News reporter Kevin Lewis appeared to suggest that police from nearby Albemarle County were at the scene.

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Neighbors saw the helicopter go down.

Virginia State Police posted on Facebook that a helicopter crashed, but didn't immediately say it was with the force. In a video by The Daily Caller, it was first stated that a helicopter had gone down in Charlottesville.

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