News Helicopter Crashes Near Seattle Space Needle, Killing Two People

On Monday morning, A KOMO-TV news helicopter crashed near Seattle's Space Needle, killing two people and leaving one injured. According to a Fox 8 News report, the helicopter went down just after takeoff, crashing into three cars. The Seattle Fire Department Tweeted that there were two deaths at the crash scene, while a 37-year-old male in one of the cars was taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.

KOMO-TV station says the helicopter may have hit the side of the building during takeoff, which may have caused it to crash on Broad Street into a few cars. The Seattle Fire Department told kirotv.com that the 37-year-old man was able to free himself from his vehicle at the crash scene.

The streets have been closed by police in the area after the copter and cars exploded. There was a large cloud of smoke around the Space Needle as police and fire officials arrived at the scene.

Chris McColgan told the Seattle Times that he was on Broad Street, traveling west, when he stopped at a traffic light. McColgan says the helicopter came down just two cars ahead of him and "it just blew up instantly."

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