Our first week after we moved from Richmond, Virginia to Phoenix, Arizona was the beginning of the monsoon season. Warm moist air blown north over Mexico would dump a couple of inches of rain in an hour, usually during freakishly beautiful lightning storms.
We would watch the news, and chuckle as the local news helicopters would give minute-by-minute updates of the rain and blowing sand.
As a new-grad nurse, I'd watch the med-evac helicopters land beside the parking lot.
My snooty disdain for reality television seems to make an exception for the live broadcasts of police chases. It seemed I never got over the original White Bronco chase.
Helicopters seem to be a part of my daily life, in ways I had not thought about until two of them crashed into one another in the middle of downtown Phoenix.
- News 5 live coverage of the police chase. You hear the broadcaster order the helicopter to change its attention to the black smoke in the distance.
- ABC 15 live coverage. Really gut-wrenching video as you hear the chopper pilot yell out, "No! Oh Jeez!" and then the unmistakable sound of twisting metal.
- Fox live coverage. Another gut-wrenching audio clip.
- Sky 12 live coverage.
Society seems to have developed a taste for live videos from helicopters. As I watched yesterday's news coverage, I tsk-tsk'ed over the competition to get these images. This morning, while searching the internet and the blogosphere for these links, I found myself frustrated at how so few people were able to cover the spectacle with either video or photographs. It makes me realize... I seem to be part of the problem.
I hear on the news that they plan to try to charge the truck-stealing criminal for the deaths of the four TV journalists. I personally don't see how that will stick. They are basing the idea on the law that states criminals are responsible for any injury or property damage that happens as a result of their criminal activity and subsequent chase. But I think it's a stretch to suggest he brought those choppers down.
Everyone is still in mourning and shock over the tragic events. But the finger-pointing will start eventually. Barring mechanical failure, it will probably boil down to the fact that one chopper bumped into another. We'll see how TV journalism's espirit de corps holds up after that news breaks.