CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Crews have responded to a deadly helicopter crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 in south Charlotte.
The crash is in the area of I-77 near the Nations Ford Road exit. Crews say the ramps from I-85 north and south to I-77 south are now closed and will be for an extended period of time.
Ramps are now closed from I-85 North and South to I-77 South
Official detour for drivers on I-77 South:
Take Exit 13 A (I-85 South) for 8 miles, then Exit 30A (I-485 Inner) for 10 miles to reaccess I-77.
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— NCDOT Charlotte Area (@NCDOT_Charlotte) November 22, 2022
According to Medic, two people were pronounced dead on the scene.
The FAA released the following statement:
A Robinson R44 helicopter crashed near I-77 South and Nations Ford Road in Charlotte, N.C., around 12:20 local time today. Two people were on board. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings said no vehicles on the interstate were involved in the crash and the helicopter crashed off to the side of the roadway.
In a tweet, Jennings called the pilot a hero, stating that witnesses indicated they made “diversionary moves away from the highway to save lives.”
“Because of his heroic acts, there were no further injuries or vehicles on the highway involved in this incident,” Jennings said.
The pilot is a hero in my eyes. Witnesses indicated that the pilot made diversionary moves away from the highway to save lives. Because of his heroic acts, there were no further injuries or vehicles on the highway involved in the incident. https://t.co/yjpeN6zyBF
— Chief Jennings (@cmpdchief) November 22, 2022
The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted the agency will be investigating the crash. Jennings said the CMPD, along with Charlotte Fire, will be assisting with the scene.
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