KOMO-TV News Helicopter Crashes, Killing Two
On Tuesday morning, Seattle awoke to billowing smoke and flames coming from near the Space Needle. Employees of the ABC news affiliate KOMO-TV rushed to the windows of their office and saw in horror that their copter had dropped onto the street below and was now on fire. , station photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner, and critically wounded bystander Richard Newman who was in his car at the time of impact.
"Our friends, that's ours," Deb Slater, who gathers traffic information for the station,told the news team. Though devastated, as details unraveled. "Every day we come to work and understand something tragic could happen, and it's our job to report it," said Corwin Haeck, a radio broadcaster. "This is no different."
Other outlets also picked up the story, with Fox News's Denver affiliate turning to witnesses' photos on Twitter to show the scene. The person manning the computer clicked through the pictures on the social media site unaware that one of them was not of the Seattle crash but of a naked man. The camera quickly cut away from the computer feed, and though the anchors were visibly shocked, they continued with the coverage. .
Back in Seattle, reporter Kelly Koopmans said the aircraft continued to burn and explode even 20 minutes after it went down. It's unknown why the pilot lost control of the craft, but .
Our thoughts go out to the victims of this accident and their family and friends.
Video: KOMO 4 News Helicopter Crash in Downtown Seattle (Video #2 - First On Scene)
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