Seattle News Helicopter Crashes near Space Needle; Two Dead
Update @ 1:10 p.m. – KOMO News has identified the two killed in this morning’s helicopter crash as longtime news photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner.
A 37-year-old man was also injured in the crash. The helicopter apparently stuck the man as he was driving in his car. Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the man had burns to more than 50 percent of his body. His injuries are considered life-threatening.
The news helicopter used in a joint partnership between KOMO 4 and KING 5 News crashed just before 7:45 a.m. Tuesday on Broad Street near the Space Needle. Three vehicles on the ground were also involved in the crash.
(CNN/Q13FOX) – A news helicopter crashed Tuesday morning near the Space Needle in Seattle, killing two people and critically injuring another, according to a tweet sent by the Seattle Fire Department.
The crash appeared to be on Broad Street, near the city landmark, police said.
Smoke and fire could be seen coming from the scene.
CNN affiliate KOMO said the helicopter crashed near KOMO’s offices. The helicopter was used by CNN affiliates KOMO and KING, according to KING’s website.
Rich Marriott, a meteorologist for KING, said weather did not appear to have contributed to the crash — visibility was clear and winds were not gusty.
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