Update: Two confirmed dead
UPDATE: Virginia State Police say "two confirmed fatalities” after helicopter crash in Charlottesville, Virginia. pic.twitter.com/etUxi5CYRX
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 12, 2017
At least two are feared dead after a helicopter monitoring the ongoing protests in Charlottesville, Virginia crashed and burst into flames.
One witness said that the helicopter stalled before spiraling to the ground out of control.
Witnesses told local media that the Virginia State Police helicopter crashed near a golf course.
Witness Emma Eisner, who captured video of smoke rising into the air, wrote on Twitter: “To everyone asking about the helicopter crash: it basically started stalling, spiraled down to the ground & lost control.”
A police helicopter had been seen earlier in the day circling over the counter-demonstrations in Charlottesville.
The helicopter went down at about 5.30pm local time on the west site of Charlottesville, away from the site of the violent protests.
Earlier in the day, a still unnamed man drove into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19.
— Simon Rader (@Simon_Rader) August 12, 2017
On scene of helicopter crash here outside Charlottesville. pic.twitter.com/kx6e8xfLoe
— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) August 12, 2017
Scene near helicopter crash. pic.twitter.com/ySSce96L2r
— Dan Schutte (@schuttedan) August 12, 2017
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