Widows Sue Over Troopers Killed in Helicopter Crash During Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally - NBC4 Washington

Widows Sue Over Troopers Killed in Helicopter Crash During Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally

The lawsuits say the trooper's helicopter had a history of malfunctions

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    Virginia Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates and Lt. H. Jay Cullen were killed on Aug. 12, 2017, in a helicopter crash. They had been monitoring the "Unite the Right" protest in Charlottesville.

    The widows of two Virginia troopers killed in a helicopter crash during a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville are now suing the state and others over their husbands' deaths.

    The Daily Progress reports Amanda Bates and Karen Cullen filed separate wrongful death lawsuits Monday against Virginia, the Secretariat of Public Safety and Homeland Security and state police.

    H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates had been monitoring the "Unite the Right" rally on Aug. 12, 2017, when their helicopter crashed.

    Federal investigators expect to issue their findings on the crash next year. A primary report suggests the aircraft's main rotor system or tail rotor likely malfunctioned and caused it to spin out of control. The lawsuits say the helicopter had a history of malfunctions, including the tail rotor issues.

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    Before a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed with two troopers on board, the chopper was used to track the Charlottesville car attacker. One man on board was killed. The second, replaced by another man, was spared. News4's Julie Carey has the exclusive footage. 

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    Before the crash, state troopers used the helicopter to pursue James Alex Fields Jr. after he drove into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators, killing Heather Heyer and injuring two dozen others.

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