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  posted on 8/5/2009 at 08:42 PM
I just got news that a friend passed away today. He was very close with my best friend growing up and we had many good times in Vermont. Real good guy and will be greatly missed by friends and family. Watching on the news is very sad. His Dad was the anchorman on the evening news for as long as I can remember. Say a prayer for Hugh and his family and also the pilot who passed away with him. He was supposed to go up for the first run but let another cameraman go up first. When they interviewed the other guy, he looked torn up because he knew they had switched spots. Very sad indeed.

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Two people were killed Wednesday when a helicopter crashed near the scene of the tornado that hit Mont-Laurier, Que., on Tuesday.

One of the victims was Hugh Haugland, 44, a cameraman for CTV National News and the son of former CTV Montreal anchor Bill Haugland.

The pilot, Roger Belanger, was the other victim. The resident of Mont-Laurier was described by friends as an experienced pilot who had logged more than 10,000 hours in the air.

Haugland was gathering aerial footage of tornado damage to the town, which is 180 kilometres north of Ottawa. The helicopter went down about 10 a.m. ET near Highway 117, just outside the town.

A witness to the crash said he believes the helicopter's engine failed.

André Marcoux said he was backing into his driveway when he heard strange engine sounds overhead. Marcoux said the helicopter swooped by his house before hitting a hydro pole and dropping to the ground next to the highway.

He said he saw a body lying close to the aircraft and ran to try to help, but a huge ball of fire engulfed the helicopter before he could get near it.

Station, family mourn
At CTV Montreal's studio, flags outside the building flew at half-mast as Haugland's colleagues mourned his death.

The station's veteran anchor, Mutsumi Takahashi, couldn't hide her emotions when she read the story of Haugland's death in her Wednesday newscast.

Haugland's father Bill, a household name in English Quebec because of his lengthy career, choked up as he said his son's death will leave "a hole in our hearts forever."

"Everybody's tearful and it's sort of like being hit with a club," he told The Canadian Press from his home in Vermont.

He described his son as a gifted cameraman who really "earned his stripes" by getting the difficult and sometimes dangerous shots.

CTV Montreal's director of news and public affairs, Jed Kahane, worked alongside Haugland for years. He said Haugland climbed into the helicopter on Wednesday morning wearing a cast on his wrist, refusing to miss a day of work despite several fractures he suffered last week in a cycling accident.

Kahane said Haugland always cared about the people he was filming.

"He wouldn't just say thanks and take off after he interviewed someone who was having a tough time," Kahane said.

"He'd stop and he'd do the right thing, which is care for people. And he did that for people here, and he did that for people he met everyday."

Haugland is survived by his daughters Evie, 19, and Lianne, 14.


 

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  posted on 8/5/2009 at 08:49 PM
Prayer being said for Hugh's family and friends - may they find comfort in the memories of their loved one and strength through this terrible tragedy. (that includes you, too, CM)

 

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  posted on 8/5/2009 at 08:54 PM
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Hugh+Haugland+killed+Mont+Laurier+helic opter+crash/1861985/story.html

 

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  posted on 8/5/2009 at 09:37 PM
Sorry to hear Cmule.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 06:47 AM
Sad news...

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 07:23 AM
Sorry to hear about your friend, bro'. Rest in peace, Hugh...

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 07:51 AM
Sorry to read this.

Prayers to Hugh's family.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 08:08 AM
Wow. Sorry to hear about this James.

Prayers and comfort vibes to Hugh's family.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 08:13 AM
Prayes and good vibes to hugh and friends .......

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 09:48 AM
Awful news. Hope your doing OK James.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 09:53 AM
Wow....that is a tragedy.
Very sorry about your friend.
Prayers for Hugh's family.

 
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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 10:02 AM
I'm so sorry. Prayers for Hugh's family and friends

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 10:22 AM
Hang in there . Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your friends family .
 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 01:13 PM
Prayers and condolences to their families and friends.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 02:34 PM
My sincere condolences James on the loss of your friend. I'm old enough to remember his Dad's name from CTV News. Very sorry to hear this.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2009 at 11:29 PM
Thanks for the kind words. Sad when things like that happen. I feel for my buddy Kev also. They grew up together and were pretty tight.

Jack
Hard not to know his Dad in Canada really. A main man at CTV for so long. Would commute daily from Vermont also. I had some fun times in Vermont with all them. All good people both Canadian and American. But those are stories for another thread. And after consulting a lawyer. His Dad is a fun guy also. Will miss him and I know that my buddy Kev will feel it always. Just one of those friends from your youth and when they are gone......

 

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