CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said there was no distress signal issued for the Virginia State Police helicopter that crashed in Charlottesville on Saturday.
The helicopter, a Bell 407, took off from Charlottesville airport at 3:54 p.m. and was flying "over the downtown area at 4:04 p.m. and engaged in 'mission-related activities' there until 4:42 p.m.," according to the NTSB.
The helicopter left the area to provide support for a motorcade which featured Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The first 911 call about the crash came in at 4:44 p.m. The helicopter crashed about seven miles southwest of the Charlottesville airport.
The helicopter was flying on a 45-degree path when it crashed into trees. "The main wreckage came to rest about 100 yards from where the aft portion of the tail boom became lodged in a tree," said the NTSB. The crash caused a fire.
The NTSB and the Virginia State Police are currently investigating the crash. The entire investigation is expected to last 12 to 18 months.
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