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News helicopter crashes near Space Needle

News Helicopter Crashes And Burns In Seattle; 2 Reported Dead

SEATTLE (AP) - Two people were killed when a news helicopter for KOMO-TV crashed outside its station near the Seattle Space Needle, sending clouds of black smoke over the city during the morning rush hour.

The Seattle Fire Department said in addition to the fatalities, a 37-year-old man who managed to free himself from a car at the accident scene was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. No other details were immediately available.

The station says the copter was apparently lifting off from its rooftop Tuesday morning when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles on Broad Street.

The copter and cars exploded in flames.

Plumes of black smoke rose from the crash scene as rescue vehicles converged on the area.

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bakerbob418 March 18 2014 at 2:15 PM

terrible hope everything turns out ok

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cdavi214 bakerbob418 March 18 2014 at 3:52 PM

Two dead and one injured.... don't think this is going to turn out ok

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llkjpk March 18 2014 at 1:15 PM

VERY SORY FOR THOSE HURT AND KILLED

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Kevin Caldwell March 18 2014 at 4:53 PM

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families, so sorry for your lose. Hoping the third person recovers quickly.

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AWRAM March 18 2014 at 4:48 PM

My thoughts go out to the families of the pilot and reporter. These men were outstanding at what they did. I am willing to bet that when investigation is done....they will find tranny/gear box or shaft that controls the rotor failed.

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madison798 March 18 2014 at 1:35 PM

one of the people in that chopper was my friend....so Joe, I won't stoop to your level but your words are hurtful! please stop

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Carol madison798 March 18 2014 at 2:54 PM

My prayers to you and to his family.

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ceecee madison798 March 18 2014 at 3:04 PM

So sorry to hear that...prayers to the family's.

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Buckingham's March 18 2014 at 4:38 PM

God bless EVERYONE at Northwest Cable News, and KING & KOMO tv who were affected by this terrible tragedy.

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marianne March 18 2014 at 3:19 PM

We never know what can happen while on the ground! life is so short! God Bless the poor souls who died. This will be one heck of a lawsuit.

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eloise March 18 2014 at 1:40 PM

So sad. I feel as if KOMO is part of my family. My heart goes out to the pilot's families and to all the staff at KOMOTV. I know it is a terrible loss to all of them.

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Connie March 18 2014 at 2:54 PM

Condolences to the loved ones. Two deaths and a man critically injured is tragic, but since this happened during rush hour, it is amazing if there weren't more casualties.

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sjm337161753 March 18 2014 at 1:48 PM

Horrible thing to happen; Hope the injured 37 year old man can make a full recovery.

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