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Two police officers dead after helicopter crash in Charlottesville

13 Agosto 2017
Two police officers dead after helicopter crash in Charlottesville

The Bell 407 helicopter was assisting public safety resources with the violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Honoring Virginia State Trooper Lt. H. Jay Cullen, died 8/12/2017 in a helicopter crash.

Trooper-Pilot Bates had just transferred to the Aviation Unit in July, from the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Two people were killed after a helicopter crashed on Saturday seven miles southwest of Charlottesville, in the state of Virginia.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jay and Berke, both of whom were our close friends and trusted members of our team". The unit also employs three full-time mechanics for its fleet and exceeds minimum FAA maintenance requirements. "The unit fielded 3,008 flight requests in 2015". Lieutenant Cullen is survived by his wife and two sons. Our hearts go out to their wives and children, and we stand by to support them during this difficult time.

"It was very apparent that the pilot was trying to gain control of the craft", Robby Noll, who was doing yard work in Albemarle County, told CBS6. "Berke was devoted to our entire family as part of our Executive Protective Unit team for the past three years", he said.

This is a devastating loss for their families, the Virginia State Police, and the entire commonwealth.

State police have said that there's "no indication of foul play being a factor in the crash". A 32-year-old woman died when a car plowed into a crowd dispersing after police broke up the melee in the city's downtown. These heroes were a part of our family and we are simply heartbroken. He graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in August 2004 as a member of the 107 Basic Session. One person was killed and at least two dozen were hurt.

Stay on WAVY.com for developments in this story.

Law enforcement, firefighters and other observers gathered on overpasses along the interstate to honor the troopers.