Emergency unit enactment astatine the country of a chopper clang connected the broadside of Interstate 77 South successful Charlotte, N.C., connected Nov. 22, 2022. (Alex Slitz/The Charlotte Observer via AP)
A helicopter aviator and a meteorologist who worked for a North Carolina tv presumption died Tuesday erstwhile a quality chopper crashed on an interstate road successful the Charlotte area, according to authorities and the station.
Meteorologist Jason Myers and aviator Chip Tayag were identified arsenic the radical killed successful the crash successful a connection by WBTV. The clang snarled postulation on Interstate 77 successful the Charlotte country aft its southbound lanes were closed by investigators, but nary vehicles connected the crushed were involved.
Two radical were connected committee the Robinson R44 helicopter, which crashed astir 12:20 p.m. section time, according to a connection from the Federal Aviation Administration. The Mecklenburg County EMS Agency said the 2 were pronounced dormant astatine the scene.
The presumption paid tribute to Myers and Tayag some successful a written connection and connected the air. WBTV broadcasters who had been reporting connected the clang identified their colleagues done cracked voices connected aerial astir 3 hours pursuing the deadly crash.
“We are moving to comfortableness their families successful this hard time. We admit the outpouring of enactment for our unit and your continued prayers for their families,” the presumption said successful a statement.
Police said that nary vehicles connected the crushed were progressive successful the crash. Preliminary witnesser accounts bespeak that the aviator made immoderate “diversionary” maneuvers and “tried to debar injuring anyone else” and “probably saved immoderate lives,” Johnny Jennings, main of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, told reporters.
“And if that is genuinely the case, past that aviator is simply a leader successful my eyes to marque definite that the information and information of those that were driving was not successful jeopardy,” Jennings said.
The main added: “We’re looking astatine going into the vacation play wherever we’re expected to beryllium spending clip with our loved ones. And tragically, determination are 2 radical progressive successful this clang that volition not beryllium going location and volition not beryllium spending the holidays with their family.”
The National Transportation Safety Board volition pb an probe into the clang on with the FAA.
By Ben Finley