WBTV meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag died in a helicopter crash Tuesday whereas reporting for the CBS affiliate station in Charlotte, NC, the station confirmed.
“The WBTV household is grieving a horrible loss. Our information helicopter Sky3 crashed mid-day Tuesday with two of our colleagues on board,” WBTV mentioned in a press release. “We are working to consolation their households on this troublesome time. We recognize the outpouring of help for our employees and your continued prayers for his or her households.”
The crash occurred round midday Tuesday off Interstate 77. Charlotte cops confirmed two individuals died on the scene, in response to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings. They had been recognized as Myers and Tayag.
No different automobiles had been c oncerned, in response to police. Jennings advised the station he heard the pilot could have diverted the plane to keep away from hitting site visitors.
Myers started his broadcast meteorology profession at KRBC-TV in Abilene, Texas, and went on to work at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to WBTV, he was most just lately the Chief Meteorologist for ABC 36 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Tayag, who had been a pilot for greater than 20 years, joined WBTV in 2017 as an ENG pilot working Sky3. He labored with the Total Traffic and Weather Network, in response to the station.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.
WBTV is owned by Gray Television.