A News helicopter crashed in Seattle


One man, 37 years old, owning one of the cars, suffered serious injuries, having burns over half his body, and is in critical condition. The pilot Gary Pfitzner and the photographer Bill Strothman (who had won 13 Emmy awards over his career) were dead. It was a professional team.
The helicopter which just returned from breaking news in Covington attempted to take off again for a new mission from a heliport at the top of the KOMO local television news station , an ABC affiliate, but have fallen in the street. The heliport was on a five story office building with a lot of construction equipment in the area. Witnesses related that the helicopter got hung on some cables before it dropped to the street. The police and the Seattle Fire arrived on the scene in about two minutes. Ten tons of sand were dumped in order to soak up all the fuel that spread around the crash site.  In the same area are the children’s museum and the Pacific Science Center. The Seattle Center attraction closed Tuesday. Seattle Monorail, which connects the Seattle Center tourist complex to a downtown shopping mall was shut down for the rest of the day.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.


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