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Two NC television news employees killed in helicopter crash

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(Alex Slitz/The Charlotte Observer via AP)
In this image take with a drone, emergency personnel work at the scene of a helicopter crash on the side of Interstate 77 South in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Authorities said two people died.

Authorities say that two television news employees have died in a helicopter crash near a North Carolina interstate highway.

Mecklenburg County EMS service said on Twitter today that two people were pronounced dead at the scene of the helicopter crash along Interstate 77 in the Charlotte area.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that two people were on board the Robinson R-44 helicopter.

WBTV reported the loss of their meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag in that accident.

Johnny Jennings is chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and he said preliminary witness accounts indicate that the pilot made some “diversionary” maneuvers and “probably saved some lives."

Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.