WABC News Chopper Pilot Who Took WTC Footage on 9/11 Killed in Unlucky Accident
He'd flown helicopters during the Vietnam War, and later in New York City for WABC-TV, as a news pilot, brought viewers close to countless horrific events: the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Staten Island ferry crash and the recent steam pipe explosion in Manhattan.
But on Sunday evening it was doing something comparatively safe - standing on a midtown sidewalk - that put Paul Smith in harm's way. Police say Smith, 60, of West Islip, and his wife Donna, 55, had just left a restaurant when a taxicab jumped the curb and ran over him.
There's some interesting info here about the WABC chopper footage, if you have the patience to put up with the annoying and overly loud background music mixed in on the video.
Bottom line-- it seems that WABC did not take the famous "live" shot that is attributed to the station, and there was no Wescam on the chopper either.