CTV camera operator killed in helicopter crash
Published Wednesday, August 5, 2009 9:57PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 11:30PM EDT
Two people were killed when a helicopter crashed Wednesday morning northwest of Montreal.
The chopper went down about 240 kilometres from Montreal, killing the pilot and a passenger on board.
One of the people killed in the crash was Hugh Haugland, a veteran camera operator who worked for CTV News.
Haugland, 44, was the father of two daughters and was the son of former CTV anchorman Bill Haugland, who retired in 2006.
Bill Haugland, speaking from his home in Vermont, said his son's death would leave "a hole in our hearts forever."
But he said he was proud of his son's accomplishments and his bravery in the line of duty. He reminisced about one of his son's more dangerous assignments.
"There was a shot of a huge, monster wave thundering down this open valley and taking a house with it, and Hugh was standing on a cliff and the wave was heading right for him," he said.
"It was taking chunks of the cliff off in front of him (and) he never let the tape stop. He rolled the whole time and could have been swept off that cliff at any moment."
Jed Kahane, CTV Montreal's director of news and public affairs, called Haugland a "tireless worker" who will be missed.
He said the only thing Haugland was more dedicated to than his job were his two teenage daughters, Evie, 19 and Lianne, 14.
"He would never say no to anything unless he was going to miss something that his daughters were doing, and he would move mountains to get back whenever he could. He was really proud and he loved them a lot," Kahane said.
Haugland was shooting footage of the destruction left behind by a tornado that touched down in the area on Tuesday night.
The other person killed in the crash was Roger Belanger, a veteran pilot and local businessman who was in his 60s.
The helicopter crashed near Highway 117 in Mont-Laurier in the Laurentians.
One witness told Quebec news channel RDI that the helicopter was burning after it hit the ground, and nothing could be done to save the people inside.
CTV's statement on Haugland's death
Following is a statement from Ivan Fecan, president and chief executive officer, CTVglobemedia, and chief executive officer, CTV Inc.
On behalf of everyone at CTV News and CTVglobemedia Inc., I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Hugh Haugland, who was tragically killed today while covering a story for CTV News in the Laurentian mountains.
A dedicated CTV employee for the past 24 years and the son of former CTV Montreal anchor Bill Haugland, Hugh has been part of the CTV family for many years. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Hugh's family, loved ones, friends and colleagues at CTV Montreal.
CTV also extends our condolences to the family of Roger Belanger, the helicopter pilot who was also killed today.