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    Two helicopters crash while covering chase

    http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/s....b85476c7.html

    Tragic and sad, my prayers are for the families and co-workers.
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    Tragic indeed - only good thing is that they weren't over housing or a mall or something

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    Ch 15 lost pilot Craig Smith and photographer Rick Krolak.
    Ch 3 lost photographer Jim Cox and pilot Scott Bowerbank.

    This is the worst accident I know of in my 16 years of living here.
    Despite the competitiveness of journalism there's a sort of fraternal club, all in it together to do a job. These four guys went to work this morning like it was just another day. Now they're the headlines. So tragic.
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    Sad. Given the number of media helicopters out there at any given time, chasing stories, I'm surprised this sort of thing doesn't happen more often.

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    2 news copters collide over Phoenix; 4 killed
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    Jul. 27, 2007 02:10 PM

    Two local news helicopters crashed in midair early Friday afternoon in
    central Phoenix.

    The pilots and photographers on the two aircraft died when the helicopters
    collided over Steele Indian School Park.

    The helicopters, as well as those from other stations, were covering a
    police chase.






    In the moments before the crash, the pilot from KNXV-TV (Channel 15), Craig
    Smith, was on the radio with the pilot from KTVK-TV (Channel 3).

    The inherent danger and periodic confusion of covering a moving story like a
    chase was clear even though you could only hear one side of the
    transmission.

    Pilot Craig Smith is heard asking his photographer and talking to the pilot
    of Channel 3.

    “Where's 3?”

    “How far?”

    “3, I'm right over you. 15 on top of you.”

    “I'm over the top of you.”

    Four people were apparently killed in the subsequent collision. There did
    not appear to be any casualties on the ground.

    Channel 15, the local ABC affiliate, reported that pilot Craig Smith and
    photographer Rick Krolak were on board.

    Channel 3 reported that pilot Scott Bowerbank and photographer Jim Cox were
    on their aircraft.

    The last fatal Valley crash involving a news helicopter occurred on July 5,
    1991, when Mike Nuetzman, a helicopter pilot for radio station KTAR-AM, was
    apparently spooked by a bottle rocket that flashed by him as he flew low. He
    lost control and crashed just before he was to deliver a traffic report.

    On a clear and warm day, there were many witnesses to the crash and the
    aftermath when both helicopters were engulfed in flames at the park near
    Central Avenue and Indian School Road.

    "It was surreal, it was like watching a movie," Chris Miller, a central
    Phoenix business operator, told 12 News.

    Another witness, Amber Eastep, told the station, "The two choppers hit and
    came down straight. There's 3 TV and then there's 15 and Fox 10 was just
    behind them. We thought it'd be all three of them (crashing)."

    A third person, Dave Addison, speaking to KPHO-TV (Channel 5), the local CBS
    affiliate, "They both banged into each other and broke into pieces."

    It's believed there were as many as five people aboard the two copters.

    News anchors reporting on the crash on KTVK appeared emotionally shaken.

    "It is very much a brotherhood, like firefighters,'' Scott Clifton, CBS 5
    helicopter pilot, said of the Valley news pilots.





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    That is terrible. But as someone else said, surprised it hasn't happened sooner.
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    WOW. Unreal......
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    Damn... the cops sure fucked themselves when that asshole switched trucks. They should have been able to surround the motherfucker and cut him off.

    I wonder if they can charge that son of a bitch with the murders of everyone killed in the copters??

    Any AZ lawyers in the house?
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    Actually on one of the clips that Cabot linked to, the cops said they think they could.

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    I just watched this police pursuit again..... the cops fucked up bigtime. The guy cut across two blocks in a narrow alley. Would have been easy to trap him there. And when he switched vehicles..... no excuse. They had time to shoot the bastard, let alone to box him in.

    And this vehicle switch was near the Indian School. Meaning that if the chase had ended there, the helicopters likely would not have collided.

    Fucking preventable tragedy all around.
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    The police are charging the asshole with the deaths.
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    Oh my gosh, what a heartbreaking story. I just walked in the house and heard this sad news. Thoughts and prayers to those lost, their families and all the local news stations involved.

 

 

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