In Charlotte, North Carolina, a Helicopter Crash Killed a Meteorologist and a Pilot
A helicopter crash early Tuesday afternoon killed meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag, both of whom worked for Charlotte television station WBTV.
Gray Media Group, Inc., which owns WBTV, issued the following statement about the crash:
“The WBTV family has suffered a tremendous loss.” Our news helicopter Sky3 crashed in the middle of the day on Tuesday, killing two of our colleagues.
Meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag were both killed. We are working to provide support to their families during this terrible time. We appreciate the outpouring of love and prayers for our employees and their families.”
Myers grew up in Union and Catawba counties and grew up watching WBTV. His work carried him to Raleigh, Texas, and Virginia before returning to the Charlotte area.
He married Jillian, a childhood friend, and the two have four children together.
Tayag joined WBTV in 2017 as an ENG pilot flying Sky3.
He’d been a pilot for over 20 years.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the collision in south Charlotte, which occurred near Interstate 77.
The following statement was issued by the FAA:
Around 12:20 p.m. today, a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed near I-77 South and Nations Ford Road in Charlotte, N.C. There were two people on board. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation. The NTSB will lead the investigation and offer additional updates. Neither agency recognizes anyone involved in plane crashes.
The Robinson R44 helicopter crashed around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to the FAA.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings, no vehicles were involved in the crash, and the helicopter crashed off to the side of the road.
Jennings named Tayag a hero in a tweet, saying witnesses said he made “diversionary actions away from the highway to save lives.”
“There were no further casualties or vehicles on the roadway involved in this event because of his heroic activities,” Jennings said.