CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An accident involving a helicopter that occurred at noon on Tuesday in Charlotte resulted in the deaths of two people.
According to WSOC, an ABC Affiliate, the collision occurred on Interstate 77 North, between Tyvola Road and Nations Ford Road.
WBTV, a news station based in Charlotte, lost two employees when their vehicle was involved in an accident. A meteorologist by the name of Jason Myers and a helicopter pilot by the name of Chip Tayag has been identified as the two individuals.
“The WBTV family is having a difficult time following a tragic loss. On Tuesday at approximately midday, our news chopper, Sky3, went down in flames, taking with it two of our colleagues, “The statement issued by WBTV stated.
Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Metropolitan Police Department stated that the helicopter’s pilot did everything he could to avoid hitting motorists on the freeway.
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Jennings acknowledged that Tayag, who had more than 20 years of experience as a pilot, is someone he considers to be a hero.
According to the information in his WBTV bio, Myers earned a degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University and worked as a weather observer at Raleigh-Durham International Airport before beginning his career in broadcast meteorology.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the rotorcraft was a Robinson R44. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what led to the aeroplane crash.
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