Victims in Charlotte helicopter crash identified as TV station employees

Scene of the crash Tuesday afternoon on I-77 Photo credit USATI

Two members of a Charlotte TV station's news team are dead following the crash of a news helicopter just south of the Queen City. Officials say, the chopper went down around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon near I-77 and Nations Ford Road.

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The two occupants in the Robinson R44 Helicopter have been identified as, WBTV Meteorologist Jason Myers and WBTV News Sky3 pilot Chip Tayag. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings said in a news conference, that the pilot made diversionary moves away from the highway and added that because of his heroic acts there were no further injuries or vehicles on the highway involved. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.

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