Seattle News Helicopter Crashes 2 dead, 1 critical

18 de marzo de 2014, 14:53Washington, 18 Mar (Prensa Latina)Officials were searching for answers in the deadly crash of a news helicopter that killed two on board and critically injured a man on the ground early today in the heavily traveled area around the city’s famed Space Needle.

KOMO-TV confirmed that its helicopter had crashed on takeoff, destroying three vehicles that burned outside its station, as horrified radio employees watched.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.

They also noted that the accident could have caused much more damage coming in the morning hours in an area that is well-trafficked.

Identities of the dead were not immediately available. The injured man suffered burns over 50 per cent of his body. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center where spokeswoman Susan Gregg said he was 38 years old, a year older than initially reported.

“We mourn the loss of a couple of our coworkers today,” KOMO anchor Dan Lewis said on the air. “It’s so difficult for us to look at this scene, of the wreckage down there.”

Sources said the helicopter appeared to crash on takeoff about 7:40 a.m., an account confirmed by witnesses including Kristopher Reynolds, who works nearby and wore a hard hat.

Huge flames sent dense black smoke billowing everywhere.

A woman who escaped from one of the three cars that were destroyed made it to West Precinct where she was interviewed by police.

A man in a pickup truck that was hit by the chopper left the scene and went to a nearby fast-food restaurant and was interviewed by authorities.