Two individuals have been killed Tuesday after a TV information helicopter crashed alongside an interstate freeway in Charlotte, N.C.
The chopper crashed round Interstate 77 round 12:20 p.m. and each victims have been confirmed useless on the scene, in response to a tweet from Mecklenburg County EMS service.
WCNC Charlotte reported shortly afterward that the helicopter was owned by WBTV, one other native tv station.
WBTV meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag died, in response to CNN.
The pilot reportedly maneuvered to reduce the collateral injury of the crash.
“I believe that he completely knew that he was gonna must put that down,” a witness instructed WCNC. “He did his finest to place it down … They did a wonderful job.”
Charlotte Police Chief Johnny Jennings praised the Tayag’s actions.
“The pilot is a hero in my eyes,” Jennings tweeted. “Witnesses indicated that the pilot made diversionary strikes away from the freeway to avoid wasting lives. Due to his heroic acts, there have been no additional accidents or autos on the freeway concerned within the incident.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and Nationwide Transportation Security Board are investigating the crash.