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‘An Absolute Tragedy’: TV News Chopper Crashes While on Assignment, 2 Dead

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Tuesday evening, two individuals perished in the accident in New Jersey of a helicopter that was in the course of its mission for Philadelphia station WPVI-TV.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that WPVI correspondent Katherine Scott described the incident as “absolutely a tragedy.”

According to WPVI, the helicopter that collapsed around 8:00 p.m. in Washington Township, New Jersey, was transporting a pilot and a photographer.

The stations failed to disclose the identities of the deceased individuals at the time of its air announcement of the catastrophe.

According to the station, both the photographer and pilot were longtime WPVI employees.

The helicopter was returning from the Jersey shore, according to the station.

According to New Jersey State Park Police, the collision debris was discovered in Wharton State Forest early Wednesday morning. While an investigation is conducted, the roads that encircle the accident site have been closed.

Leasing a 2013 American Eurocopter AS-350A-STAR from U.S. Helicopters Inc. of North Carolina, the station obtained the helicopter.

Due to the remote location of the accident site and poor visibility, New Jersey State Park Police Chief George Fedorczyk stated that the investigation was suspended overnight and would resume on Wednesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board, according to Fedorczyk, will conduct the investigation. CBS reported that officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB were scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

“Our thoughts are with the pilots, their families and the media community,” Fedorczyk said.

As the Courier-Post retraced the flight’s path, it observed that the majority of the journey appeared routine.

During its 23-minute flight over the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway, New Jersey, the helicopter descended to an altitude of 700 feet and maintained an approximate velocity of 40 miles per hour.

The helicopter reached an altitude of 1,000 feet and circled the area three times at a speed of 100 mph.

According to the Courier-Post, the helicopter continued to descend as it flew until the final data point indicated it was traveling at 119 mph and an altitude of 200 feet.

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