SEATTLE — A KOMO 4 News helicopter crashed Tuesday morning, killing both people on board. A man who was inside a car the chopper crashed into was taken to the hospital with critical burns. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash. Read More >>
LIVE BLOG —
What’s next? City Council to look at helicopter rules
Harborview confirms 38-year-old burn victim is Richard Newman of Seattle.
Video posted posted on Facebook by a construction worker who witnessed the crash. Warning there is graphic language in this video https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=587998117950895
AGAIN — Space Needle closed. EMP closed. Monorail Closed. Most of Seattle Center closed.
MAYOR — There are bodies we are attempting to remove from the area. Please don’t head to the Seattle Center if you don’t need to.
The Mayor is saying Seattle officials will need to review helicopter policy in the city.
AGAIN — This was not KOMO’s normal helicopter. It had been using this helicopter for less than a month.
Q13 FOX sending heartfelt condolences to KOMO. Words cannot express our sadness over the loss of life. You are all in our thoughts
— Erica Hill (@EricaHillQ13FOX) March 18, 2014
Statement from officials at Seattle Center regarding today’s closures.
Several campus organizations in
the area close to the crash site are closed today including: the Space
Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass and EMP Museum. Pacific Science Center is
normally closed on Tuesdays. Seattle Center Monorail will remain out-of-service
until Seattle Police Department and Fire give the go ahead. Seattle Children’s
Museum is open and classes/workshops are shifted to the afternoon. Seattle
Children’s Theatre productions will be presented today as scheduled. Seattle
Center Armory and the food atrium area are open during their usual business hours.
Witness testimony. As you can see, people around the Space Needle acted quickly and bravely following the crash.
According to reports from FOX 2 in St. Louis, the normal AIR 4 helicopter was at a Helicopters Incorporated repair shop in St. Louis undergoing repairs. The chopper that crashed was a back-up for the station.
A National Transportation Safety Board press conference was slated for 1 p.m.
Raw video of the Seattle Fire Department press conference regarding the crash.
Officials are hoping to open up 5th Avenue North in a matter of minutes.
Our thoughts are with the families and coworkers of everyone involved in this morning’s tragic helicopter crash.
— Dow Constantine (@kcexec) March 18, 2014
The Space Needle and SkyCity will be closed today out of respect for those impacted.
— Space Needle (@space_needle) March 18, 2014
38-year-old man who was inside the red car hit by the helicopter has burns over 50% of his body. He was rushed to Harborview where he is in critical condition.
From our Steve Kiggins: NTSB is arriving on scene.
SEATTLE FIRE: Driver of the silver pickup truck hit by the falling chopper walked away toward the McDonalds nearby. Investigators are still looking for that driver, want to make sure that individual is ok.
The woman driving the car walked to the nearby police precinct and says she is ok.
NTSB will be investigating the crash, it is unclear how long this will take.
The area around the crash will be closed all night, officials said.
From Jeff Van Sant — The injured victim in the car had burns over 50 percent of his body. He is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers for our colleagues.
— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) March 18, 2014
Press conference at 8:50 am at corner of Broad and 4th
— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) March 18, 2014
Rider Alert: Seattle Monorail will remain out of service as emergency response completes their work. We will update you when we re-open.
— Seattle Monorail (@SeattleMonorail) March 18, 2014
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the helicopter crash near the Space Needle. Very sad news.
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) March 18, 2014
This investigation will continue for many hours. Please stay away from area. We will update with information as we learn more.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) March 18, 2014
Routes 3 and 4 are rerouting while streets are closed near the Seattle Center for the helicopter crash investigation.
— King County Metro (@kcmetrobus) March 18, 2014
KOMO News has confirmed AIR 4 was lifting off Fisher Plaza when it crashed. Our hearts go out to our news colleagues.
Witness Tyler King: “I found myself uncontrollably screaming. People immediately called 911. A police car was there in maybe 2-3 minutes.”
All traffic approaching the Seattle Center is blocked at current time, 5th Ave N, Broad St, Denny Way, Mercer St. Please avoid the area.
— seattledot (@seattledot) March 18, 2014
Witness Tyler King: “The helicopter started spinning like a wobbly top.”
Reports of a 37-year old man being transported to Harborview in critical condition after crash near Space Needle.
— Paul Sánchez (@PhotogSanchez) March 18, 2014
From Jeff Van Sant — Two cars are completely destroyed by fire. The helicopter lifted off from the Fisher Plaza, crashed after one rotation. NO WORD YET ON INJURIES.