20 years since WTVD crash

Photographer Bart Smith, 28; Engineer Rick Sherill,33; and Pilot Jim Lane, 48; all died when Chopper 11 went down

December 7, 2011 4:57:03 PM PST
Wednesday marks a sad anniversary for ABC11. It's been 20 years since we lost three team members in a helicopter crash.

On December 7, 1991, Chopper 11 went down returning from a high school football game in Wilmington.

Sports reporter Tony Debo was the only survivor. Photographer Bart Smith, 28; engineer Rick Sherill,33; and pilot Jim Lane, 48; all died.

A scholarship to promote diversity at the UNC School of Journalism honors the memory of the three men.

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