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2 dead after police helicopter crashes near Charlottesville

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The helicopter went down about seven miles southwest of Charlottesville Va

The helicopter is believed to have been monitoring the rally when it crashed just outside of Charlottesville about 5pm yesterday local time (7am today AEST).

The crash was also tweeted about by the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters president, Robert Bragg III. The crash happened in woods near a home on Old Farm Road. Two people have been confirmed dead.

'No one on the ground was injured. According to the Associated Press, police helicopters were seen flying above the protests Saturday.

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A live stream of the scene posted to Facebook by the Daily Progress shows a massive gathering of police officers around the site.

Other reports are saying the chopper went down near the Birdwood Golf Course and there were two fatalities.

It came after a white nationalist rally rocked Charlottesville and a auto drove into a crowd of anti-fascist counter protesters. Both people on-board the helicopter died in the crash.

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