WBTV Helicopter Crash: Meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag were killed in the Charlotte plane crash along I-77

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina– A Charlotte news helicopter pilot is being hailed as a hero by authorities in North Carolina’s largest city after he crashed off a busy freeway on Tuesday.

The pilot and a television meteorologist were the only ones killed in the crash along Interstate 77 in the city’s Yorkmount area, about six miles southwest of downtown Charlotte.

The Mecklenburg district rescue service announced on Twitter that two people were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, no vehicles were involved in the incident.

WBTV identified those killed as employees: pilot Chip Tayag and meteorologist Jason Myers.

Chip Tayag (left) Jason Myers (right)

“The WBTV family is mourning a terrible loss. Our Sky3 news helicopter crashed Tuesday midday with two of our colleagues on board,” read a WBTV statement.

Charlotte Metropolitan Police Department chief Johnny Jennings said the helicopter pilot appeared to be doing everything in his power to avoid hitting motorists on the freeway.


A Twitter user snapped pictures of the Charlotte TV station’s helicopter wreckage on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Photo credit: @Sgunzen / Twitter

Jennings said he sees Tayag, who has more than 20 years of piloting experience, as a hero.

Myers graduated from North Carolina State University and worked as a weather observer at Raleigh-Durham International Airport before beginning his career as a meteorologist, according to his WBTV bio.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter was a Robinson R44. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what caused the plane to crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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