Action News’ Chopper 6 crashes in NJ; pilot and photographer killed

Action News’ Chopper 6 crashes in NJ; pilot and photographer killed

A Philadelphia news pilot and photographer were killed when a helicopter crashed in New Jersey on Tuesday night.

Action News Helicopter Chopper 6 went down in a wooded area in Wharton State Forest near Hammonton, New Jersey just after 8 p.m., WPVI reported.

They were the only people aboard the 7-seat aircraft and were returning from an assignment at the Jersey Shore.

New Jersey state police found the wreckage deep in the forest, which spans 122,880 acres, just after midnight off Mulica River road.

The site is very difficult to access due to its location in the woods, the station said.

A Philadelphia local news helicopter with two onboard crashed in a wooded area of New Jersey on Tuesday night. WPVI

The Wharton State Forest, New Jersey’s largest state forest, is located in the Pinelands, the 1.1 million acre ecosystem that makes up 22 percent of New Jersey.

The crash site is located approximately 40 miles southeast of Philadelphia.

Videos from the ground and the air captured flames coming from the wreckage and as investigators scoured through the debris of the aircraft.

A helicopter, which is used by a news station in Philadelphia, crashed in New Jersey on Tuesday. CBS
Two people were aboard the aircraft when it crashed. CBS

The identities of the photographer and pilot were not immediately known as families were being notified of the crash but were described as “veterans” with the outlet.

“They have a long history with our station and have been working as part of the Action News team for years,” the station said.

“Chopper 6 and those who fly it play an integral role in our newsgathering operations accessing areas that are difficult to reach by ground,” WPVI reporter Katherine Scott said near the crash site.

The helicopter was coming back from the Jersey Shore. FlightAware

The station uses the helicopter for many different beats, covering weather, traffic and important news stories.


The helicopter was a 2013 American Eurocopter AS-350A-STAR the WPVI leased through North Carolina-based US Helicopters Inc.

It was last seen airborne flying over the state forest at 8:03 p.m. according to FlightAware.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause of the crash.

This is a developing story