News Helicopter Crash Kills Two WBTV Employees In North Carolina

The pilot of a WBTV news helicopter, as well as a meteorologist, were both killed when their helicopter crashed in North Carolina on Tuesday.

Chip Tayag (left) and Jason Myers both died in a helicopter crash in Charlotte, North Carolina
Chip Tayag (left) and Jason Myers both died in a helicopter crash in Charlotte, North Carolina

The fatal helicopter crash took place at around 12.20pm on Tuesday afternoon, near Interstate 77 at the Nations Ford Road exit. The two men on board, pilot Chip Tayag, and meteorologist Jason Myers, were both killed in the accident.


According to police, there was no distress call from the helicopter before it went down - the helicopter crash-landed in a residential area, no one else was injured in the incident.



Police Chief Johnny Jennings praised Mr Tayag and called him a "hero" for making "diversionary moves away from the highway to save lives." Mr Tayag was a 20-year veteran and had worked at WBTV since 2017 and was part of the Total Traffic and Weather Network.


WBTV said that the company was grieving the terrible loss of two of its beloved members. They added in a statement: "We are working to comfort their families in this difficult time. We appreciate the outpouring of support for our staff and your continued prayers for their families.


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