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...

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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.

Wreckage of news chopper, 2 cars still exploding right now @komonews

Kelly Koopmans@KellyKOMO4

Wreckage of news chopper, 2 cars still exploding right now @komonews

10:47 AM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

We heard the chopper swirling down to the ground. Rushed out to see the unbelievable, our @komonews chopper crashing into at least 2 cars

Kelly Koopmans@KellyKOMO4

We heard the chopper swirling down to the ground. Rushed out to see the unbelievable, our @komonews chopper crashing into at least 2 cars

10:49 AM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Seattle news helicopter down. Broad Street #DirectorTweet

Alex McBurney@LiveTVDirector

Seattle news helicopter down. Broad Street #DirectorTweet

10:49 AM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We heard the helicopter crash right outside our newsroom. At least 2 cars involved @komonews

Kelly Koopmans@KellyKOMO4

We heard the helicopter crash right outside our newsroom. At least 2 cars involved @komonews

10:47 AM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

2 DOAs at helicopter crash scene near space needle.

Seattle Fire Dept@SeattleFire

2 DOAs at helicopter crash scene near space needle.

11:11 AM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Seattle Fire Dept@SeattleFire

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

11:03 AM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Video from the scene:

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

@KING5Seattle in front of the space needle just now

Meelz@meelataruc

@KING5Seattle in front of the space needle just now

10:51 AM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Seattle Police Dept.@SeattlePD

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

12:01 PM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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:

KOMO News@komonews

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

01:51 PM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Mike Baker@ByMikeBaker

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

01:53 PM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Eric Wilkinson@EricWilkinson

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

01:57 PM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

Keith Eldridge@KeithKOMO4

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.

02:23 PM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

02:32 PM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Lindsay Cohen@lindsaycohen

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

02:45 PM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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