2 Dead in Seattle News Helicopter Crash

KOMO chopper may have hit side of building while attempting to land
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2014 10:36 AM CDT
2 Dead in Seattle News Helicopter Crash
Smoke rises from the scene of a news helicopter crash outside the KOMO-TV studios near the Space Needle in Seattle, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Courtesy KOMO-TV)

Two people are dead and one person is in critical condition after a KOMO News helicopter crashed just feet from Seattle's iconic Space Needle. KOMO is reporting on its own tragedy, which it says happened this morning as the chopper came in for a rooftop landing; the AP notes that it may have instead hit the side of the building and slid down. It hit two cars on the street below, and exploded into a fiery inferno as fuel from the helicopter burned over more than a block. One man was seen running from one of the cars with his sleeve on fire, but was extinguished by emergency responders. (More Seattle stories.)

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