Helicopter Crashes In Downtown Seattle, Two Dead

Two people have died, and one is in critical condition, after a KOMO-TV news helicopter crashed Tuesday morning in Seattle, Wash. Developing…

1. A news chopper went down on Broad Street in downtown Seattle just a few feet from the Space Needle on Tuesday morning. Three cars were involved in the crash and reportedly exploded.

2. Local reporter for KOMO news, Kelly Koopmans, heard the crash from the KOMO newsroom.

5. Two people on board the helicopter have died, and one was transported from the scene in critical condition. The two who died were the only people on board the helicopter, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

6. A 38-year-old man who was in a car at the scene was transported to Harborview hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Medics transporting an approx 37 yo male to HMC in critical condition self extricated from car

— SeattleFire (@Seattle Fire Dept)

7. Video from the scene:

8. This photo shows how close the crash was to the Space Needle.

Minutes ago

— deb_slater (@Deb Slater)

@KING5Seattle in front of the space needle just now

— meelataruc (@Meelz)

10. The helicopter was taking off at the time of the crash, according to the FAA.

Investigators from @FAANews and @NTSB en route to scene of this morning's helicopter crash near @seattlecenter

— SeattlePD (@Seattle Police Dept.)

12. UPDATE — March, 18, 2:00 p.m. ET


KOMO-TV says long time Seattle photographer Bill Strothman was killed in today’s helicopter crash. Strothman’s son, Dan, is also a KOMO photographer.

We're sharing the life & love of Bill Strothman #liveonkomo. He was today's camera operator in Air 4:

— komonews (@KOMO News)

Bill Strothman, the KOMO videographer killed in helicopter crash, won 13 Emmy awards over his career.

— ByMikeBaker (@Mike Baker)

Thoughts and prayers to family of Bill Strothman, photographer killed in KOMO helicopter crash today.

— EricWilkinson (@Eric Wilkinson)

Bill's son, Dan, is a 2nd gen KOMO photog & my partner in the South Sound Bureau. I had the horrible task of delivering the news to him.

— KeithKOMO4 (@Keith Eldridge)

17. Second person killed identified as pilot Gary Pfitzner.

Pilot killed-Gary Pfitzner, also flew backup for @kiro7chopper at times. Respected by all @KIRO7Seattle

— Amy_Clancy (@AMY CLANCY)

Photo of helicopter pilot Gary Pfitzner. Family: "he loved to fly." Planned to retire soon from Boeing.

— lindsaycohen (@Lindsay Cohen)

20. An unidentified 38-year-old man remains in critical condition in the ICU at Harborview hospital with burns on 20-30% of his body.

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