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2 killed in Seattle news helicopter crash

2 killed in Seattle news helicopter crash

A news channel helicopter crashed in downtown Seattle on Tuesday, killing two people on board. The plane burst into flames and set cars on fire in a known tourist area near the Space needle, according to the police and fire officials.

» Aircraft Accidents | Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Air News Times

The chopper seems to have crashed to the ground during an attempt to take off from a helipad atop a local television news station located a short distance from the Space, Needle.

Two people were found dead in the wreckage, said Fire Department spokesman, Kyle Moore. Emergency responders arrived at the scene and discovered the mortalities in place. Moore said the occupants of the three vehicles that had caught on fire left their cars well in time. However, one of the occupants was injured and is in a critical condition now.

The ABC-affiliated television station, KOMO, said that the crashed helicopter was one it purchased recently.

“KOMO chopper crash appears to have taken lives of our colleagues on board," the station reporter, Keith Eldrige, wrote on Twitter.

Witness, Daniel Gonzalez, told the news station that the engine of the helicopters made a very loud noise. He mentioned that 2 seconds after the noise, he heard a boom.

The emergency respondents created a tent over the burned frame of the helicopter with the two dead occupants inside. It appears that the tail of the chopper had flung many feet away upon impact.

Moore mentioned that one man who was in a critical condition had to crawl out of his car. He was 37 years old man was transportation to the local hospital in a critical condition.

"That person is hanging on to life," he said, mentioning that the man had burns over 50 percent of his body. Considering that such a large area of his body has been burnt, authorities decalred him critical.

The investigations into the air crash will be carried out by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Up until now, the authorities have not given any information about the identities of those who were killed in the crash.

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