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In this image made from video provided by KOMO-TV, 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, in Seattle. The station says the copter was apparently coming in for a landing on its rooftop Tuesday morning when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles. (AP Photo/Courtesy KOMO-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT

News Helicopter Crashes Near Space Needle; 2 Dead



SEATTLE (AP) - 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.


 

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