2 killed in helicopter crash in Virginia

15 August, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Henry Cullen, who lives in Loudon, TN, said his son loved his job and family.

There was no distress call or post-crash fire, according to federal safety investigators looking into what caused a helicopter crash that killed two Virginia State Police officers as they were conducting surveillance work during the white nationalists rally in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Trooper Bates had served on an elite team assigned to protecting Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and his family.

The helicopter crash happened in Albemarle County.

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The helicopter, a Bell 407, took off from Charlottesville airport at 3:54 p.m. and was flying "over the downtown area at 4:04 p.m. and engaged in "mission-related activities" there until 4:42 p.m.", according to the NTSB.

Trooper-Pilot Bates would have turned 41 years old Sunday, Aug. 13.

Charlottesville, Va- A Virginia State Police helicopter crashed earlier today, 7 miles outside of Charlottesville, Viriginia.

One person was killed Saturday and 19 were hurt when a speeding vehicle slammed into another auto that was navigating through a throng of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, where a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups was to take place.

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The NTSB said a preliminary report will be available within two to three weeks.

Bates had just transferred to the aviation unit in July. James Alex Fields, 20, the driver, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

In a statement published late Saturday night, McAuliff and Virginia's first lady Dorothy McAuliffe called Cullen and Bates "close friends" and said the deaths were a "devastating loss". "You're all among the best this nation produces", Trump wrote.

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