Two individuals are lifeless after a helicopter crashed in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday afternoon, in keeping with officers.
A Robinson R44 helicopter crashed close to Interstate 77 and Nations Ford Highway at round 12:20 p.m., in keeping with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The helicopter belonged to native CBS information station WBTV, NBC affiliate WCNC of Charlotte reported. NBC Information reached out to WBTV for remark.
The 2 folks onboard the aircraft had been confirmed lifeless by the Mecklenburg EMS Company. The victims haven’t been recognized.
No automobiles on the freeway had been concerned within the accident, in keeping with police.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Division Chief Johnny Jennings stated in a information convention Tuesday afternoon that the pilot of the helicopter was a hero for avoiding incoming automobiles whereas touchdown.
“It appeared the pilot that was working the plane made some diversionary strikes to keep away from hitting visitors,” stated Jennings. “And if that’s actually the case, then that pilot is a hero to, in my eyes, make it possible for the protection and safety of people who had been driving on the street was not in jeopardy.”
“All of I-77 Southbound is closed presently close to the Nations Ford exit and can stay closed for an prolonged time period,” police introduced on Twitter, later adding that ramps are closed from I-85 north and south to I-77 south.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what prompted the crash.
Jay Blackman contributed.