Two Troopers Die In Helo Crash Near Charlottesville Demonstration

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Virginia authorities Sunday confirmed that two state troopers were killed on Saturday when their state police helicopter crashed while patrolling near the demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. State police identified the victims as pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40. Both men died at the scene. 

The aircraft went down around 5 p.m. and immediately burst into flame. It's not known how many were aboard, but it was apparently hovering near a house just before it crashed. No one on the ground was injured. 


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I'll bite. WHY did police launch helicopters when they already had massive numbers of police units on the ground and thousands of live-feed videos streaming from the participants? Will the department have to answer for this unnecessary and costly mistake?

Posted by: Mark Fraser | August 15, 2017 8:14 PM    Report this comment

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