Helicopter that crashed amid violence was damaged in 2010

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Posted: Aug 15, 2017 6:56 PM

The Virginia State Police helicopter that crashed in Charlottesville after monitoring violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters was heavily damaged in 2010 when it lost engine power and was forced to make a hard landing.

A report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the 2010 accident during a training flight in southwest Virginia resulted in "substantial damage" to the aircraft.

But a state police spokeswoman said the aircraft was fully repaired, and an aviation safety expert said there's no evidence at this point to suggest that Saturday's crash can be linked to the earlier accident.

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The NTSB said Monday that there was no distress call from before the helicopter went down in Charlottesville. The crash killed two state troopers who had been monitoring the clashes.