Two killed in helicopter crash near Birdwood Golf Course

2 dead as helicopter crashes about 7 miles from Charlottesville, Va.

A helicopter crashed near Old Farm Road Saturday afternoon, killing two people.

According to local Bnonews.com, authorities have not yet provided more detailed information about the helicopter crash near downtown Charlottesville, the scene of violent protests earlier in the day.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. EST near a golf course just east of town.

Witnesses CBS19 News that the helicopter went down in the woods, and that a strong smell of burning was in the air. There are two confirmed fatalities.

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The crash was also tweeted about by the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters president, Robert Bragg III.

No one on the ground was injured, police said. The cause of the crash is under investigation, police say.

A live stream of the scene posted to Facebook by the Daily Progress shows a massive gathering of police officers around the site.

Their names have not yet been released to the public.

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