WPVI news helicopter crashes in New Jersey, 2 killed

A local news helicopter operated by Philadelphia ABC station WPVI crashed Tuesday night in a wooded area in New Jersey, killing two people on board, the station said.

A pilot and photographer were on board Chopper 6 when it crashed in Washington Township, WPVI reported.

PHOTO: A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.

A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.

WPVI

PHOTO:  
 A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.

A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.

WPVI

The pilot, 67-year-old Monroe Smith, and the photographer, 45-year-old Christopher Dougherty, were both killed in the crash, WPVI said.

PHOTO: Pilot Monroe Smith is seen in an undated photo.

Pilot Monroe Smith is seen in an undated photo.

WPVI

The two were returning from an assignment at the Jersey Shore, WPVI said. The station said they had been members of the news team for years.

The New Jersey State Park Service received reports that the helicopter was missing at 10:50 p.m., said George Fedorczyk, chief of the New Jersey State Park Police. At 12:02 a.m., an officer found a debris field, he said.

PHOTO:  
 A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.

A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.

WPVI

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy offered his condolences on social media on Wednesday.

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