Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Charlotte TV: 2 WBTV Staffers Killed In Helicopter Crash

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WBTV Meteorologist Jason Myers and Sky3 pilot Chip Tayag were killed in a helicopter crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 in south Charlotte.

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The crash happened in the area of I-77 near the Nations Ford Road exit. Crews say the two lanes reopened just before 4:30 p.m., according to the WBTV website.

WBTV issued the following statement following the crash:

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Robinson R44 helicopter crashed around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, agency officials said,” a statement read.  “"The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation."

According to Medic, two people were pronounced dead on the scene.

In a tweet, Jennings called the pilot a hero, stating that witnesses indicated they 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 this incident,” Jennings said.

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