Virginia State Police helicopter gave no distress call before crash

Virginia State Police helicopter gave no distress call before crash

The two Virginia State Police pilots who were killed in a helicopter crash while monitoring the violent clashes in Virginia on Saturday have been identified.

Shortly before 5 p.m., a VSP helicopter went down in a wooded area near a residence in a sleepy neighborhood on the outskirts of the city.

Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates died at the scene, said the state police.

The helicopter was assisting local police during the violent white nationalist rallies surrounding confederate statues in the area. "Their deaths are a tremendous loss to our agency and the Commonwealth".

The helicopter crash happened in Albemarle County.

"I heard a helicopter making a unusual noise", Noll told TheDCNF late Saturday afternoon.

A 20-year old man was arrested on Saturday on second-degree murder charges, having allegedly crashed his vehicle into a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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"Our state police and law enforcement family at-large are mourning this tragic outcome to an already challenging day".

Police have confirmed a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed outside Charlottesville.

The release says the main wreckage of the crash came to rest about 100 yards from where the aft portion of the helicopter's tail boom become lodged in a tree.

Before that, the 40-year-old Bates was on highway patrol duty in Florida where he made several arrests that included drug dealers, the father said, adding that his son also rescued a girl who had been kidnapped.

Bates, a 13-year veteran of the state police, died one day shy of his 41st birthday.

In a tweet, President Donald Trump offered condolences to the families of the state troopers.