A 1999 Robinson R44 crashed in Charlotte today, killing both passengers. WBTV Meteorologist Jason Myers and Sky3 pilot Chip Tayag were killed in the crash.
The helicopter belonged to the WBTV news station. The crash occurred on Interstate 77 at the Nations Ford Road exit.
WBTV said in a statement: "The WBTV family is grieving a terrible loss. Our news helicopter Sky3 crashed mid-day Tuesday with two of our colleagues on board. Meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag lost their lives. 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."
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police department confirmed that the two had died in a crash shortly after noon. and no vehicles on the highway were involved. The FAA and NTSB are the leads in the investigation.
"The pilot is a hero in my eyes," CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings tweeted. "Witnesses indicated that the pilot made diversionary moves away from the highway to save lives. Because of his heroic acts, there were no further injuries or vehicles on the highway involved in the incident."
The aircraft was flown by Tayag, who had been a pilot for more than 20 years. Myers was a meteorologist for WBTV and is survived by a wife and four children.
"Tragically there are two people who will not be going home and spending the holidays with their loved ones. I ask that we pray for the families," Jennings said in a press conference about the crash.