UPDATE: Officials say the deaths of two people in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Virginia, have been linked to a violent white nationalist rally earlier in the day.

It was not immediately clear how the crash was connected to the rally. Corinne Geller, a Virginia State Police spokeswoman, says the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened just a few hours after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the white nationalist rally. One person was killed and at least two dozen were hurt.

ORIGINAL STORY: NBC29 in Charlottesville is reporter a helicopter crash in Albemarle County, near Charlottesville.

Emergency crews are on the scene. Reports say it was a Virginia State Police helicopter responding to the Charlottesville protests nearby.

Two people were reported to be on board that aircraft when it crashed. No word yet on any injuries or fatalities.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update you as we learn more.