Chip Tayag: “Hero” WBTV pilot made a split-second maneuver to prevent helicopter from colliding with a highway.


CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: A witness to the Tuesday, November 22, plane crash in Charlotte describes how Sky3 pilot Chip Tayag saved the lives of the passengers. He seemed to be aware that he was in trouble, in my opinion. He made a circle as he looked for a spot to set that down.

And on the second circle, I don’t think he had much of a choice; it was going down, and he managed to get it just off the highway and avoid it, the man told WCNC. That had the potential to hurt a lot of people. Chip Tayag, the pilot of the WBTV helicopter, and Jason Myers, the WBTV meteorologist, were both declared dead at the scene of the tragic accident.


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Pilot Chip Tayag (screenshot via WBTV)

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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