NTSB: No Evidence Police Helicopter Struck By Animal, Object

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)report says there's no sign a Virginia State Police helicopter that crashed after monitoring violent clashes in Charlottesville last month was struck by another aircraft, animal or object.

The NTSB issued a preliminary report Tuesday into the Aug. 12 crash that killed two state troopers - the pilot and an observer. The report said the helicopter went into a nose-down spin prior to the crash.

The helicopter was providing a video feed of a violent white nationalist rally when it broke off to watch over Gov. Terry McAuliffe's motorcade. It crashed on the outskirts of Charlottesville, leaving a debris field several hundred feet long.

The report does not say what likely caused the crashed and the NTSB's investigation is ongoing.

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