Two Killed When TV News Chopper Crashes In Seattle

(Seattle, WA) Two people are dead after a television station news helicopter crashed in downtown Seattle at 7:40 Pacific time.

The chopper, used by both KOMO TV and KING TV, exploded as it landed on top of four cars.

The two people killed were inside the helicopter and identified as photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner.

A 37-year-old man, who was in one of the cars, is burned over 20% of his body and is in critical condition.

Witnesses saw another person crawl out of a car, she is said to be unharmed.

Witnesses say the chopper appeared to fall off the fifth floor roof of the television station from where it lands and takes off.

This is happened right beside the Space Needle in Seattle.

The Seattle monorail is closed due to the crash.

Our sister station, Q13 is covering this story.

The helicopter is owned by Helicopters Inc. which rents news helicopters to television stations around the country.

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