National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that the helicopter was providing video to police of activities in downtown Charlottesville last Saturday before it broke off to lend support to a motorcade for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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The Bell 407's vertical flight path was about 45 degrees when it descended into trees before catching on fire, the NTSB said.
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