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News helicopter crashes near Space Needle; 2 dead

1 year ago Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:14:57 AM CDT March 18, 2014 Tuesday, March 18 2014 Mar 18, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

SEATTLE - A news helicopter crashed into the street and exploded into flames near Seattle's Space Needle, killing two people on board and badly injuring a man in a car.

The chopper was taking off from the KOMO-TV station Tuesday morning when it went down on Broad Street and hit three vehicles, starting them on fire and spewing burning fuel down the street.

A witness said the helicopter lifted about 5 feet and was about to clear a building when it tilted. It looked like it was trying to correct itself when it took a dive downward.

A 37-year-old man in one of the cars managed to free himself and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. A fire department spokesman said the man had burns on more than 50 percent of body.

The victims' names were not immediately released.

IMAGE: KOMO-TV

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