2 dead as helicopter crashes about 7 miles from Charlottesville, Va.


A Virginia State Police helicopter crashed near the site of a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville Saturday, according to local news reports.

Videos posted to social media show black smoke billowing from a wooded area and another helicopter circling near the golf course at 43 Old Farm Road.

This happened Saturday, Aug. 12, near Old Farm Road just after 5 p.m. There are two confirmed fatalities. At least one person was killed and 19 injured when a auto plowed into a group of counter-protesters. The FAA said it is investigating the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine its probable cause.

Emma Eisner, who filmed the clip, said: 'To everyone asking about the helicopter crash: it basically started stalling, spiraled down to the ground & lost control'.

It came after a white nationalist rally rocked Charlottesville and a auto drove into a crowd of anti-fascist counter protesters.