Tragedy Strikes as News Helicopter Crashes, Killing Two; ‘The Pilot is a Hero in My Eyes’

Two people were killed Tuesday when a North Carolina TV news helicopter crashed in Charlotte.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the accident happened just after noon, so the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 had to be closed.

Police said there were no cars involved.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that a Robinson R44 helicopter with two people on board crashed near the freeway and Nations Ford Road. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are looking into what happened.

Local news station WBTV said that the Sky 3 helicopter crashed with pilot Chip Tayag and meteorologist Jason Myers on board. Both of them died.

In a statement, the station said that they were very sad over the loss.

The news source said that Myers was born and raised in North Carolina and worked in TV news in Raleigh, Texas, and Virginia before moving back to the Charlotte area. He has a wife and four kids who will miss him.

Tayag has been a pilot for more than 20 years, and in 2017 he started working for WBTV.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted, “This is a terrible tragedy for the WBTV family, and we are praying for them and all of those in the media who works so hard to keep the public informed.”

Chief Johnny Jennings of the CMPD said that the deaths of the two people were a “devastating loss” and praised the pilot, who avoided crashing on the freeway.

“The pilot is a hero in my eyes,” he said in a tweet. “Witnesses indicated that the pilot made diversionary moves away from the highway to save lives. Because of his heroic acts, there were no further injuries or vehicles on the highway involved in the incident.”

 

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