A news helicopter crashed and burst into flames in downtown Seattle on Tuesday, killing two people on board and setting cars on fire in a popular tourist area near the Space Needle, police and fire officials said.
The chopper appears to have fallen to the street as it attempted to take off from a helipad at the top of a local television news station a short distance from the Space Needle, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore told reporters.
Two people were found dead in the wreckage of the helicopter when emergency responders arrived at the scene, while the occupants of three vehicles that caught fire in the street following the crash managed to get out of their vehicles, Moore said. One was in critical condition. (Reuters)