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Witnesses say the helicopter, which reportedly had two people on board, hovered low over houses and then spiralled to the ground and crashed in a wooded area near a golf course after stalling
People are feared dead after a police helicopter crashed and exploded into flames amid violent counter-demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Two people were on board the aircraft when it went down in a wooded area south-west of the city.
A photo posted online purported to show the wreckage in a ball of flames, while other images showed smoke billowing into the air and part of the helicopter stuck in a tree.
A witness said the helicopter spiralled to the ground after it stalled and went out of control.
People who live near the scene told the Daily Progress that the helicopter hovered low over houses before crashing.
Witnesses told local media that the Virginia State Police helicopter crashed near a golf course.
Witness Emma Eisner, who captured video of smoke rising into the air, wrote on Twitter: "To everyone asking about the helicopter crash: it basically started stalling, spiraled down to the ground & lost control ."
A police helicopter had been seen earlier in the day circling over the counter-demonstrations in Charlottesville.
The helicopter went down at about 5pm local time seven miles from Charlottesville and away from the site of the protests where one person was killed and 34 others injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/charlottes...
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