WBTV News’ Meteorologist Killed Tragically In Helicopter Crash
Emergency responders have been called for multiple water rescues after WBTV News’ Meteorologist meteorologist was killed in a crash along with the pilot Chip Tayag, along I-77 near Tyvola Road, on Tuesday afternoon.
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According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings, it was like a heroic incident where the pilot tried to avoid injuring anyone else or putting anyone else in danger.
He credited Tayag for making “diversionary moves” to avoid other vehicles. Three other people were sent to the hospital, the Observer reports, and yet, no information is available on their condition.
Jennings reiterated Tayag’s heroism in a tweet that the pilot is a hero in the eyes. Witnesses indicated that the pilot made diversionary moves away from the highway to save lives.
It was added in the tweet that there were no further injuries or vehicles on the highway involved in the incident due to his heroic acts.
For those who may wonder, Mr. Tayag had been a pilot for 20 years. He had been with the station as a contractor for the past five.
According to WBTV, Mr. Myers left behind his wife, Jillian, as well as their four lovely kids. May they both rest in peace.
“You don’t ever plan to cover a helicopter crash where your two friends are on board and you’re figuring it out on live TV,” WBTV anchor Molly Grantham said.
Former WBTV journalist Maddie Garnder tweeted, that Mr. Myers was the epitome of positive energy.
Garnder wrote: “Always friendly. Always kind. Always willing to help. He was a man of faith, strong faith, and you could see the love of God shine through him.”
Journalist Maddie beautifully wrote that Mr. Jason went out of his way to make other people’s days better, easier, and happier.
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WBTV News’ Meteorologist Killed In Crash; Jason Myers & Chip Tayag
WBTV News’ Meteorologist was killed along with the station’s helicopter pilot. Following a fatal helicopter crash Tuesday, many are mourning the loss of Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag.
For maneuvering the helicopter away from other people in the crash, Tayag has now considered to be a hero.
The station aired a tribute at 4:30 p.m. newscast where the anchors expressed their grief.
WBTV transferred the news of the passing of Myers and Tayag after making sure their families had been informed.
Fred Shropshire tweeted: “In awe of the leadership in grieving and processing I see from @jamiebollwbtv @mollygrantham mourning the loss of two family members. My heart goes out to Jason Myers’ family, Chip Tayag’s family and the entire @WBTV_News newsroom.”
WBTV’s statement read: “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,” it said.
Based on the latest reports from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the crash closed all lanes of traffic near Nations Ford Road. Southbound traffic was being diverted off of the highway as well.
WBTV investigative reporter David Hodges tributed: “Chip Tayag and Jason Myers are irreplaceable. Chip was a damn good pilot and calmed my first flight fears. Jason’s smile and kindness always brightened my day. He elevated attitudes. I miss them. This community misses them. Let’s be there for their families and loved ones.”
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