US Two Virginia policemen killed in helicopter crash linked to clashes

05:40  13 august  2017
05:40  13 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

Trump shares condolences for victims in Charlottesville

  Trump shares condolences for victims in Charlottesville President Trump shared his condolences for the three victims near Charlottesville Va. on Saturday who died after a white nationalist rally turned violent. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) confirmed Saturday night that at least three people were killed. One of the three died after a car plowed through a group of protesters."Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You're all among the best this nation produces," Trump tweeted."Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The two men killed in the helicopter crash on Saturday night that officials said was linked to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier in the day have been identified as Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates.

—Officials say the deaths of two people in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Virginia , have been linked to a violent white nationalist rally earlier in the day. Corinne Geller, a Virignia State Police spokeswoman, says the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash Saturday afternoon.

Authorities embrace while working near the scene of a deadly helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday Aug. 12, 2017.© Shelby Lum/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP Authorities embrace while working near the scene of a deadly helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday Aug. 12, 2017.

Two Virginia state policemen were killed on Saturday when a helicopter in which they were riding crashed after assisting in efforts to quell clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville.

The pair were among three people who authorities said died in connection with the violence near the main campus of the University of Virginia. A 32-year-old women died when a car plowed into a crowd dispersing after police broke up the melee in the city's downtown.

2 Virginia Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash Are Mourned

  2 Virginia Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash Are Mourned State police Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates died in the crash of a helicopter that had been monitoring an "alt-right" rally in. The Virginia state police on Saturday were mourning the loss of a pilot and a trooper-pilot killed in the crash of a helicopter that had been monitoring a white nationalist and "alt right" rally in Charlottesville.

RICHMOND, Va. - - Officials have released the names of the two Virginia State Police troopers killed after their helicopter crashed in Albemarle County near Popular. Marchers and protesters clash at ‘Unite the Right’ torch rally at UVA. ‘Stay away’ from Charlottesville rally urges Va. governor.

According to ABC News, two police personnel are dead after a helicopter crashed seven miles southwest of Charlottesville, VA , where violent clashes erupted at the site of a white nationalist rally. NEW: Virginia State Police says 2 of its personnel were killed in helicopter crash while assisting

The helicopter pilot, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40, of Quinton, Virginia, died at the scene of the crash in Albemarle County, the state police said in a statement included in a Twitter message sent by NBC29 of Charlottesville.

No one on the ground was injured, it said.

President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the families of the officers and their colleagues in the Virginia State Police.

"You're all among the best this nation produces," Trump said in a Twitter message.

The Bell 407 helicopter went down 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Charlottesville, Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the cause of the crash had not been determined. The NTSB is sending investigators to the scene, he said.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Frank McGurty in New York; Editing by Alistair Bell and Mary Milliken)

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