Two people are dead after a Seattle news helicopter crashes outside of its station
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 01:31
March 18 - Crash sent huge plumes of smoke over the city after wrecked chopper and cars are set on fire. Jennifer Davis reports.
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Two people were killed in Seattle Tuesday after a news helicopter crashed on top of at least three vehicles outside Seattle Center - sending plumes of thick smoke over the city, during the morning rush hour.
(SOUNDBITE) KYLE MOORE, SEATTLE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYING:
"When they got here on scene, it was such a heavy cloud of black smoke. We didn't even really know what it was until we got some water on there, and saw a helicopter in there."
It happened near the Space Needle at the home of KOMO-ABC television. KOMO confirmed it is their helicopter. The station says the helicopter was apparently lifting off from its rooftop when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles below on Broad Street.
(SOUNDBITE) CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, WITNESS SAYING:
"It did a clockwise turn, maybe 80 degrees, and went off and nose-dose off, side nose-dive into the street."
"I saw the whole street light up on fire, and a huge smoke cloud come up and about 55 feet of gasoline fire."
A third person, a 37-year-old man, has been taken to the hospital in critical condition. He was in one of the cars, but managed to pull himself out.
(SOUNDBITE) UNNAMED WITNESS SAYING:
"I heard the boom and looked up and two seconds later flames started spreading out."
"The second guy came out of his car, bleeding from his head and shirt ripped and a little bit on fire as well."
The weather was cloudy with winds of about 7 mph at the time of the crash. Police say investigators from the FAA and NTSB are en route.
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