2 dead after helicopter crashes near Charlottesville


A Virginia State Police helicopter has crashed in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday afternoon, resulting in the deaths of two people on board.

The Virginia State Police posted about the incident on their Facebook page, confirming two fatalities in the crash. No injuries on the ground have been reported.

Neighbors who live near Old Farm Road told WVIR the helicopter crashed into the woods. According to the Associated Press, police helicopters were seen flying above the protests Saturday.

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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.

Virginia State Police are investigating a helicopter crash in Albemarle County. Police have sealed off the area. Earlier, a video taken from a nearby golf course showed black smoke rising from the area.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.