Philly Action News Chopper crash: Pilot, photographer killed after 6 ABC News helicopter crashes in Washington Township, New Jersey

Devastating news for the families of two dead and the entire Philadelphia ABC affiliate ..

The pilot was 67-year-old Monroe Smith of Glenside, Pa. and the photographer was 45-year-old Christopher Dougherty of Oreland, Pa.

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

“Our hearts are just broken for these men. They’re broken for their families,” reporter Katherine Scott said during a report on Action News. “We just can’t believe this has happened.”

Reporter Maggie Kent told of speaking with colleagues of the crew members at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, where the chopper was based.

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