Television reporters had to focus on their own yesterday, after a pair of news choppers from different stations collided over a Phoenix park, killing two pilots and two photographers. Both choppers were sending live footage of a police chase involving a stolen truck. "There was a huge boom," said one eyewitness who was almost directly below.
Colleagues on the ground were shocked. Jeff Cochran, one of the first cameramen to capture the tragedy, was a friend of one of the victims. Though accustomed to covering tragedies, this time it hit "too close to home...Now I know how everybody else feels," he told the AP. Other reporters wiped away tears as they covered the catastrophe.