Two killed in helicopter crash at Virginia golf course hours after violent clashes in Charlottesville  8/12/2017 10:15:00 PM   Terence Cullen

A helicopter crashed near Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, killing two people hours after violent protests in the city, officials said.

The chopper was hovering low over houses before it went down before 5 p.m. in a wooded area near the Birdwood Golf Course, the Daily Progress newspaper reports.

The crash was somehow linked to the clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters in which one person was killed, officials told the Associated Press.

Virginia State Police confirmed the fatalities in a Facebook post, adding that no one on the ground was hurt.

The helicopter went down about seven miles southwest of Charlottesville, Va.

The golf course is some seven miles west of Charlottesville’s downtown area.

“The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time,” Virginia State Police said in the post.  

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