CHARLOTTE – A beloved meteorologist and pilot died in the helicopter crash that occurred along Interstate 77 in south Charlotte early Tuesday afternoon.
WBTV’s Jason Myers died along with pilot Chip Tayag when they crashed into a grassy area just north of Nations Ford Road. No other people or property was affected, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.
Police then shut down I-77 South beginning at Tyvola Road, and motorists coming from north of uptown were eventually directed onto I-85 south to detour around to I-485. As of 4:30, two southbound lanes opened on I-77 at the scene.
➡️ Important news from #CMPD ⬅️
👉 Two left lanes are OPEN on I-77 South near Nations Ford Road.
👉 The right lane and entrance ramp from Tyvola Road to I-77 South will stay closed until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
👉 Please plan accordingly. t.co/qPnzueVK1x
— NCDOT Charlotte Area (@NCDOT_Charlotte) November 22, 2022
Myers grew up in Union and Catawba counties and watched WBTV as a child, the station reported. His career took him to Raleigh, Texas and Virginia before he came back to the Charlotte area.
Our friends at @WBTV_News are in our thoughts and prayers. I know Chip and Jason were valued team members and we mourn with you during this tragedy. What an unimaginable loss during what’s typically a season of togetherness. We’re here to support the WBTV team and their families.
— Chief Jennings (@cmpdchief) November 22, 2022
He leaves behind his wife, Jillian, and four children.
Tayag came to WBTV in 2017 as an ENG pilot operating Sky3. He had been a pilot for more than 20 years.
‘This guy saved other lives,” WBTV anchor Molly McGrath said.
It wasn’t until three hours after the crash that WBTV revealed who the victims were; they were reporting live on the accident waiting for all of the families to be notified.
WCNC was the first to report that WBTV owned the helicopter; the flight pattern showed it originating from the station’s campus.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are on scene.