Reporter, pilot die after TV helicopter crash
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A helicopter crash in Charlotte, North Carolina, killed WBTV meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag on Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed, forcing authorities to close the southbound runways of Interstate 77.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the aircraft to crash.

Television station WBTV broke the news in a statement posted on social media, “the WBTV family has suffered a terrible loss.”

Meteorologist Jason Myers grew up in North Carolina and worked at television stations in Raleigh, Texas and Virginia before moving back to the Charlotte area. Pilot Chip Tayag, with more than 20 years of experience, started working with WBTV in 2017.

Charlotte Police Chief Johnny Jennings called the two deaths a “devastating loss” while praising the driver, who apparently avoided hitting the track.

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