Two reported dead in helicopter crash near unrest in Charlottesville, Va.

Two reported dead in helicopter crash near unrest in Charlottesville, Va.

A Virginia State Police helicopter has crashed in Charlottesville, according to local 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.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

State police would not say if the helicopter had been involved in monitoring the clashes between alt-right demonstrators and counter protesters ahead of the scheduled Unite the Right rally downtown.

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Emergency dispatch audio tweeted by ABC7 News reporter Kevin Lewis appeared to suggest that police from nearby Albemarle County were at the scene.

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'. Their names have not yet been released to the public.

The helicopter was seen hovering at a low altitude over the houses before the crash occurred, witnesses told the Richmond Times Dispatch.

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