Virginia State Police Investigating Fatal Helicopter Crash in Albemarle County


Emergency crews are on the scene of a helicopter crash in Albemarle County.

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

VSP says the crash happened shortly after 5 p.m.

Witnesses CBS19 News that the helicopter went down in the woods, and that a strong smell of burning was in the air.

Charlottesville riots
REUTERS UNDER ATTACK He was then chased away as tensions exploded in Virginia

Police have confirmed two fatalities.

State Police have not said if the helicopter was involved in Saturday's rally in Charlottesville.

A live stream of the scene posted to Facebook by the Daily Progress shows a massive gathering of police officers around the site. No one on the ground is believed to be injured. The FAA said it is investigating the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine its probable cause.

The crash happened after one person was killed at the rally, when a auto ploughed into a crowd of anti-racism protesters.