Two people were killed in a helicopter crash along Interstate 77 near Tyvola Road in south Charlotte Tuesday afternoon.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two people were killed in a helicopter crash along Interstate 77 in south Charlotte Tuesday afternoon, officials confirmed.
The crash happened around noon between Tyvola Road and Nations Ford Road along the southbound side of I-77. Medic confirmed both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
Heavy traffic is stacked up on the southbound lanes of I-77 between Tyvola Road and Nations Ford Road.
WCNC Charlotte confirmed the helicopter is a 1999 Robinson R44.
All lanes on I-77 near the crash are blocked while crews respond to the incident. CMPD has closed multiple ramps onto I-77 near the crash. Drivers should avoid the area at this time. Authorities said they expect I-77 in that area will be closed until midnight.
WHAT WE KNOW
- 2 people were pronounced dead at the scene
- The helicopter was a 1999 Robinson R44
- CMPD is blocking access to I-77 near the scene
A witness told WCNC Charlotte it appeared the pilot knew the helicopter was in trouble and made an aggressive move to prevent crashing directly onto I-77.
“I think that he absolutely knew that he was gonna have to put that down,” the man said. “He did his best to put it down … Whoever the pilot was, did their best to put that thing down where it wasn’t going to injure a lot of people, and in that respect, they did a fabulous job.”
This story will be updated once more information is available.
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