2 State Troopers Dead After Helicopter Crash in Albemarle CountyPosted: Updated:
Virginia State Police are mourning the loss of two members of an aviation team killed in a helicopter crash following Saturday's Unite the Right rally.
The Bell 407 helicopter went down in the woods along Old Farm Road in Albemarle County just before 5 p.m. Saturday.
The pilot, 48-year-old Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, died at the scene.
No one on the ground was injured.
"We kind of saw a billow of smoke I guess above the trees over there. My friend had just driven over, he was driving down 64 and he said he saw a large billow of smoke kind of come up as he was coming over,” Nan MacMillan, a neighbor, said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
A state police spokesperson says there is no indication of foul play being a factor in the crash. The helicopter was part of the public safety response to the rally.