Two dead after news chopper crashes in Seattle

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At least two vehicles were consumed by flames in the crash.
At least two vehicles were consumed by flames in the crash.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – At least two people are dead after a Seattle news helicopter plummeted from the sky Tuesday morning and crashed into two cars, exploding in a massive fireball just feet from the city’s distinctive Space Needle, the city’s fire department said.

A 37-year-old man was pulled from a car and is in critical condition, the Seattle Fire Department said in a tweet.

Photos of the scene showed black smoke billowing up from the fiery crash around 7:40 a.m. on the west coast. Three vehicles on Broad Street may have been involved.

The helicopter belonged to KOMO News. The news station declined to comment on the crash.

Authorities say at least two people were found dead at the scene.
Authorities say at least two people were found dead at the scene.

The FAA told NBC News the helicopter was taking off from a downtown helipad near Fisher Plaza when the aircraft went down.

One man reportedly ran from one of the damaged cars with his sleeve on fire, and fuel running from the wrecked copter created a streak of flames along the road, KOMO reported.

A construction worker at a nearby work site told KCPQ-TV that he saw the helicopter make one “swoop,” then go nose down into the roadway.

Another witness told the new station she saw the helicopter take off, stutter in the air before crashing to the ground and exploding.

It’s unclear if the dead were in the helicopter or on the ground. The fire has since been put out. [New York Daily News]

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