Philadelphia Action News Helicopter Crash: On Tuesday night, an Action News chopper crashed into a rural area of Burlington County, New Jersey, killing the pilot and a photojournalist on board.
According to 6abc, the aircraft, Action News helicopter Chopper 6, was returning from an assignment at the Jersey Shore when it crashed soon after 8 p.m. local time at Quaker Bridge Atsion Road and Middle Road in Washington Township, killing everybody on board.
It’s unclear what assignment the two were working on at the time of the incident, but they were the only members of the news crew aboard the 7-seat helicopter.
The pilot and photographer were both members of the company’s journalistic crew, and their names have not been made public until their families have been told of the fatal incident.
Both of the men “have a long history with our station and have been working as part of the Action News team for years,” according to CBS.
According to 6abc, the collision site was exceedingly difficult to find owing to its position in the woods, but it was found by Jersey State Police troopers about midnight along Mulica River Road.
The Wharton State Forest is New Jersey’s biggest, with 122,880 acres. The accident site is said to be around 40 miles southeast of Philadelphia.
The reason of the crash is yet unknown, thus an inquiry has been launched. The inquiry is being led by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Another chopper from a different Philadelphia television station filmed the wreckage.
The Chopper 6 is a 2013 American Eurocopter AS-350A-STAR that 6abc rents from U.S. Helicopter Inc., a North Carolina-based firm. The news organization revealed that US Helicopter Inc. had contacted the relatives of the two fatalities.
On Wednesday, Newsweek emailed U.S. Helicopter Inc., the FAA, and the NTSB for comment.
The Chopper 6 was utilized by 6abc for “accessing areas that are difficult to reach by ground, giving us everything from weather and beauty shots, traffic backups, and important information about news of the day.”
Tuesday was dubbed “a devastating day” for the Action News crew by 6abc.
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