John Massey

Ice Causes 168 Bypass Shutdown

February 9th, 2011 at 6:32 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Chopper 10, News, Personalities, Traffic, Weather

I was in Chopper 10 and was over a truck fire in Chesapeake on the 168 bypass early this morning that had the bypass down to one lane. That had traffic backed up to the bridge over the intercoastal.

As if that was not bad enough, when the fire department sprayed water to put the truck fire out, the water ran into the roadway. The temperature was right at freezing. The water froze on the roadway and that was when the real problems started.

After the lanes of traffic were reopened, two pick-up trucks hit the patch of ice and lost control, spinning off into the ditch on the right side. Fortunately there were no injuries reported. As photojournalist Tom Marks and I were covering the spin outs yet another truck hit the ice and slid into the truck that already was on the side, causing the driver to run for his life..

The police and fire department staff on scene realized what was happening. They stopped all traffic and slowed traffic to one lane until the ice melted. Battlefield Blvd. remained backed up as the alternate and the bypass were backed up for miles, causing many commuters to be late this morning.  CLICK HERE to see the video.

I will be up in the morning to help guide you through any problems that the expected snow may bring. Please slow down and take your time. Otherwise you may make it on the morning show the hard way.

Chopper John


Fire at NNB

January 27th, 2011 at 6:27 pm by under Chopper 10, News, Personalities

Fire today at NNB

This is a pic that I took today from Chopper 10 while covering the warehouse fire at Norfolk Navy Base. Luckily there were no injuries reported. It took several hours to get under control.

NNB Fire

 Norfolk Fire also assisted the Navy under the mutual aid agreement to get this fire put out. It was located in building V52 which is a warehouse that was empty at the time except for some pallets and boxes.

I wanted to say a special BZ to the ATC personal at NNB for their cooperation that allowed me to bring this story to you our viewers.

Chopper John


Watch the skies over Hollydazzle !!!

December 3rd, 2010 at 1:45 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Chopper 10, Personalities, Uncategorized

If you like lights and fireworks join me tonight at Hollydazzle 2010. Along with my colleagues at Fox 43 I will be there in Chopper 10. So keep an eye to the sky and give me a wave and you may see yourself on TV.

Admission is free and the fun will start at 6pm with fireworks at 8:45pm.

See you there……..Chopper John


Friday Night Flights for 10/29/10

October 28th, 2010 at 12:03 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Chopper 10, Personalities, Sports

Upcoming flights are as follows;

live shot at Cox HS @ 6pm
Schools on the list this week are Norcom HS, Hickory HS, and Western Branch HS.
Hope to see you there.

Chopper John


Suffolk Peanut Festival 2010

October 11th, 2010 at 7:42 am by under 10 On Your Side, Chopper 10, Personalities, Uncategorized

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone at the festival. I had a great time on Saturday and met some very nice people.
Meeting some fans of Chopper 10

It was a lot of fun meeting the future helicopter pilots that may be flying around Hampton Roads.

Here is a shot of some Chopper 10 fans that got a close look at the best equipped television helicopter in the U.S.

Once again I want to say “  Thank You”  to everyone that stopped by.

Chopper John


Chopper 10 undergoing some maintenance

October 5th, 2010 at 9:00 am by under 10 On Your Side, Chopper 10, Personalities, Traffic

Here is a pic that most never see. Chopper 10 gets maintenance on a regular basis and Tom is a big help. It takes many hours to keep Chopper 10 maintained and ready to fly.You see here is our Chief Mechanic hard at work. Steve Decker of Decker Aviation has kept Chopper 10 ready to fly for many years.

I will be back up and ready to fly on Wednesday. See you in the skies…..

Chopper John


Water, Water, Everywhere…..

September 30th, 2010 at 1:06 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Chopper 10, Personalities, Uncategorized, Weather

As I drove in this morning at 3:30 am leaving Virginia Beach with only light sprinkles I thought to myself that I might be able to get airborne to cover the morning commute. But as I crossed the Broad Creek Bridge on I-264 I ran into a solid wall of water and quickly realized that flying this morning was going to be a NO GO.

When I arrived at WAVY and was joined by Chopper 10 photographer Tom Marks, we got into a live truck and hit the roads. As most of you know Virginia Beach Blvd and Tidewater Drive is a trouble spot every time we get any hard rains. So that was going to be our first stop, but it turned into our only stop for the morning shows.

When we arrived, there were cars making their way through the shallow water at the intersection with little problem. But by the time the first live report came along the water had started its rise. Within the time span of only 30 minutes the entire intersection was flooded with water from a couple of inches to at least a foot or more. That however did not stop traffic from making the attempt. Some made it but most were not as lucky.

Here is some food for thought, if you can’t see the markings on the street don’t make the attempt to drive through it. Because if you do, as I showed you this morning, you could be in for some very expensive repairs.

If you are one of the unfortunate ones that learned this the hard way mark it down to lesson learned.

I will be up – weather permitting – this afternoon to show you the aftermath so look to WAVY-TV to be on your side with the best coverage of this very unusual storm.

Take Care,

Chopper John


Up Coming Events

September 28th, 2010 at 3:25 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Chopper 10, Personalities

Come out to join the Morning Team this weekend at Waterside for the Children’s Festival. Starting at 10am we will be there to read to the kids and have games until 3pm. So stop by and say Hi.

Also on Sunday look to the skies over the ocean front at the ALS walk to find a cure. I will be in Chopper 10 to cover the walk. You might make it on TV.

See you this weekend,

 Chopper John


Gilmerton Now Open

August 19th, 2010 at 3:41 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Traffic, Uncategorized

As I was writing my last blog VDOT was reopening the Bridge.

I just flew to confirm the news and yes it is indeed open.

Come one come all…..


Glimerton Bridge Remains Closed

August 19th, 2010 at 2:57 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Chopper 10, Traffic

The bridge has been closed beginning on Saturday Aug 14.
The latest as of this afternoon is VDOT and the City of Chesapeake will continue testing in order to restore the bridge and get it opened as soon as possible.
The problem is with the western span of the bridge system is not working properly.
This means that all the underwater cables that supply the bridge with power must be checked.
I will be over the bridge today at 5 & 6 with the latest.
Stay tuned and as soon as workers get the problem resolved you will be the first to know.