Both men killed in Charlottesville helicopter crash have East Tennessee ties

Both men killed in Charlottesville helicopter crash have East Tennessee ties

The helicopter was one of two state police choppers that had been circling over Charlottesville as violence broke out before the scheduled white nationalist rally and after police canceled the event as an unlawful assembly.

Bates has family living in Knoxville.

At 4:51 p.m., Saturday (Aug. 12), a Virginia State Police Bell 407 helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road in Albemarle County.

H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates were killed in the crash.

"This is a devastating loss for their families, the Virginia State Police, and the entire commonwealth", said McAuliffe, adding, "These heroes were a part of our family and we are simply heartbroken".

We're so, so sad to have to report this - more deaths are coming in from this weekend's horrific white nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. Images from the scene showed the Bell 407 helicopters tail wedged into a tree nearly upside down, potentially supporting eyewitness accounts of the moments before the crash.

Local 8 News said Lieutenant Cullen graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in May 1994 as a member of the 90th Basic Session.

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She also had no shoes, phone or purse - and was located in thousands of acres of isolated forests with no houses or roads nearby. Police officials said the college student is alive and well, and that is the most important thing right now. "I started shaking.

The NTSB has been working closely with the Virginia State Police and appreciates its efforts to support the NTSB investigation.

Lt. Jay Cullen, 48, lived in Memphis during his teenage years.

The brother of a Virginia State Trooper killed in a helicopter crash is remembering his life defined by service to others.

Bates had just joined the aviation unit in July - "a welcome addition", Flaherty said, "after a distinguished assignment as a special agent with our Bureau of Criminal Investigation".

Bates is survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter.

The NTSB and the Virginia State Police are interviewing witnesses who reported seeing the helicopter in flight shortly before the crash.

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