Seattle, WA, United States (4E) – A helicopter of a Seattle-based TV station burst into flames during takeoff from a helipad and crashed into three vehicles killing two people and badly burning one man near the city’s landmark Space Needle on Tuesday morning.
Two bodies were found from the wreckage of the KOMO News helicopter and three cars on Broad Street that it struck, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
The driver of one of the stricken cars suffered severe burns in 50 percent of his body and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Witnesses said the man got out from his car as his clothes were on flames and ran before officers on scene put out the fire.
Fuel gushing from the wreckage caught fire and burned for a block from the crash scene.
Witnesses said the helicopter took off from the helipad of the Fisher Plaza, across the street from the Space Needle, and immediately nosedived down the street.
Firefighters put out the fire from the wreckage in 30 minutes.