News Helicopters Collide Over Phoenix, Arizona, 4 Killed


Distant view and stressed reaction of third uninvolved pilot Don Hooper from Fox 10 who witnessed the crash of two news helicopters.

Two news helicopters from Channel 3 (KTVK) and Channel 15 (KNXV) collided while covering a police chase at 12:46 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2007. The news helicopters hit the ground and burned at the Steele Indian School Park at Indian School Road and Central Avenue [MAP/SAT]. Four men were killed in he crash —  ABC 15 pilot Craig Smith and cameraman Rick Krolak, and Channel 3 pilot Scott Bowerbank and cameraman Jim Cox.

Fox station KSAZ-TV pilot  Don Hooper, hyperventilating between words, reported: “Just had a mid-air collision over here at the … park. Two helicopters down! … Oh my God! … It’s channel … 3. Channel 3 … and I don’t know who the … channel 3 and … I don’t know who else … Looks like channel 3, and I don’t know the other helicopter … possibly channel 15. … Oh my God … oh man.”

Video from one of the periled helicopters — ABC 15 — as the crash occurred. is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at