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LIVE BLOG: Seattle news chopper crash

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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 >>

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What’s next? City Council to look at helicopter rules

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Harborview confirms 38-year-old burn victim is Richard Newman of Seattle.

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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

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AGAIN — Space Needle closed. EMP closed. Monorail Closed. Most of Seattle Center closed. 

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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. 

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The Mayor is saying Seattle officials will need to review helicopter policy in the city. 

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AGAIN — This was not KOMO’s normal helicopter. It had been using this helicopter for less than a month. 

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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.      

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Interesting take from an old Seattle Times story regardding the difficulty of flying news choppers in the city. 

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Witness testimony. As you can see, people around the Space Needle acted quickly and bravely following the crash. 


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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.

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A National Transportation Safety Board press conference was slated for 1 p.m. 

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More from the Seattle Police Department 

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Raw video of the Seattle Fire Department press conference regarding the crash. 


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Officials are hoping to open up 5th Avenue North in a matter of minutes. 

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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.

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From our Steve Kiggins: NTSB is arriving on scene.

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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.

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NTSB will be investigating the crash, it is unclear how long this will take. 

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The area around the crash will be closed all night, officials said. 

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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. 

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KOMO News has confirmed AIR 4 was lifting off Fisher Plaza when it crashed. Our hearts go out to our news colleagues. 

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Witness Tyler King: “I found myself uncontrollably screaming. People immediately called 911. A police car was there in maybe 2-3 minutes.” 

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Witness Tyler King: “The helicopter started spinning like a wobbly top.” 

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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. 

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