A Virginia State Police helicopter has crashed in Charlottesville, killing two people on board, hours after violent protests rocked the city.
Emergency crews were at the scene of the downed aircraft in Old Farm Road around 4.50pm, near the Birdwood Golf Course, according to WSET.
A statement released by Virginia State Police reads: 'Shortly before 5pm today (August 12), a helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road. There are two confirmed fatalities.
'No one on the ground was injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time. State police are on scene with Albemarle County police and fire units.'
A 10-second video posted to Twitter and filmed on a golf course shows thick black smoke rising from behind the trees
A photo purportedly of the crash shows flames rising from the ground
A 10-second video posted to Twitter and filmed on a golf course shows thick black smoke rising from behind the trees as the craft burst into flames.
Emma Eisner, who filmed the clip, said: 'To everyone asking about the helicopter crash: it basically started stalling, spiraled down to the ground & lost control.'
Neighbors told The Daily Progress that the helicopter was flying low near homes before it crashed in the woods.
This is the moment a car drove into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday
It came after a white nationalist rally rocked Charlottesville and a car drove into a crowd of anti-fascist counter protesters.
The car accelerated towards and plowed into a crowd of people protesting at the rally Saturday, killing one and injuring 19.
Screams rang out as the silver Dodge Charger careened into anti-fascist demonstrators, throwing bodies into the air, before reversing at high speed.
A police helicopter had been seen earlier in the day circling over the counter-demonstrations in Charlottesville.
There is speculation the downed aircraft was monitoring the situation in the city at the time of the crash.