In a horrific incident on December 19, 2023, veteran pilot Monroe Smith, 67, and respected photographer Christopher Dougherty, 45, were killed in a tragic helicopter crash in Wharton State Forest.
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The victims were returning from a Christmas lights mission when their helicopter crashed. Despite the quick response of emergency services, both Smith and Dougherty were pronounced dead at the scene.
Monroe Smith, a resident of Glenside, Pennsylvania, was a seasoned pilot with a wealth of experience, having spent several years navigating the skies4. His skill and professionalism were admired by his colleagues and the broader community.
Christopher Dougherty, from Oreland, Pennsylvania, is a respected photographer known for his eye for detail and ability to capture compelling images. His loss was deeply felt in the photography and journalism communities.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened an investigation into the accident. Initial findings point to possible technical problems with the helicopter, but the investigation is continuing.
As we mourn the passing of Monroe Smith and Christopher Dougherty, let us remember their contributions to their respective fields and the impact they made on their communities. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.
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