TV News Helicopter Crashes Near Seattle's Space Needle; 2 People Dead

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A chopper for KOMO-TV crashed outside its building on Tuesday morning.

SEATTLE – Two people were killed on Tuesday morning when a news helicopter for KOMO-TV crashed outside its building near the Seattle Space Needle, sending clouds of black smoke over the city during the morning rush hour.

The Seattle Fire Department said in addition to the fatalities, a 37-year-old man who managed to free himself from a car at the accident scene was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. No other details were immediately available.

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The station says the copter was apparently lifting off from its rooftop helipad Tuesday morning when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles on Broad Street.

The helicopter and cars exploded in flames.

Plumes of black smoke rose from the crash scene as rescue vehicles converged on the area.