A design for a memorial honoring four Phoenix newsmen who died in a midair helicopter collision in July has won city approval.
The Phoenix Parks Board authorized plans Thursday for a memorial to be built in Steele Indian School Park midway between the spots where both aircraft fell to the ground.
The design features a sidewalk leading to a plaza area bracketed by benches and a wall with plaques identifying the dead. Four ash trees, representing each man, will surround the circular plaza.
Those killed were KNXV pilot Craig Smith, 47, and photographer Rick Krolak, 55, and KTVK pilot Scott Bowerbank, 42, and photographer Jim Cox, 37.
The memorial will give friends, family and others “a place to remember and reflect,” said Colton Krolak, son of Rick.
Construction is expected to begin once fundraising is completed. About $50,000 is needed to build the memorial.
The July collision occurred as helicopters from all five local TV stations covered a low-speed police chase through central Phoenix.
Officials said the KTVK helicopter was relatively stationary when the KNXV helicopter moved into it, sending both plummeting to the ground.
The accident still is under investigation and no fault has been determined.