Virginia Trooper crash investigators ask residents to be on lookout for debris

Investigators are asking residents near Charlottesville, Virginia, to “not discard any unusual objects or debris” found in or near their property as they search for causes of the fatal Aug. 12 crash of a Virginia State Police Bell Helicopter 407.

Two Virginia State Police pilots were killed in the crash, which occurred as they were supporting police on the ground monitoring violent protests in Charlottesville.

The investigation by the NTSB and state police into the crash is ongoing and “involves actual reconstruction of the helicopter to aid NTSB investigators with identifying the exact cause,” the state police said. Those agencies conducted an extensive examination and search in and around the crash site, just west of Charlottesville in Albemarle County.

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