2 dead in helicopter crash near Charlottesville

Two people are dead after a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed near the city of Charlottesville, where a violent white nationalist rally was taking place.

The Virginia State Police confirmed that both people on board the Bell 407 helicopter were killed in the crash.

A witness told CBS News that he saw the plan “circling unnaturally” before it went down “in a tail spin.” 

Video on Twitter shows smoke from the crash rising above a tree line.

Officials told the Associated Press the crash was linked to the rally, although they did not elaborate on how the crash was connected.