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2 killed as KOMO News helicopter crashes beside Space Needle

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  • 2 killed as KOMO News helicopter crashes beside Space Needle

    SEATTLE - Two people were killed and one was critically injured when the KOMO News helicopter crashed and burned on takeoff Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle.

    Emergency personnel immediately rushed to the scene.

    Three vehicles were struck in the crash.

    Witnesses said a man could be seen running from from one car with his clothing on fire, and he was extinguished by officers at the scene. He was then rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition with burns over more than 50 percent of his body.

    Huge flames and plumes of black smoke poured from the burning wreckage, about 50 yards from the base of the Space Needle. Fuel gushing from the wreckage caught fire and burned for a block from the crash scene.

    The Seattle Fire Department said two people were found dead in the wreckage.

    Witnesses said the helicopter crashed as it was taking off from the helipad on the roof of Fisher Plaza, across the street from the Space Needle.

    Damn. What a mess. I hope they went quickly.
    It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
    In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
    Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
    Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now