Skip to comments.Seattle News Helicopter Crashes at Space Needle, 2 Dead, 1 Injured
Posted on 03/18/2014 8:33:27 AM PDT by hoagy62
Two people were killed and one was critically injured when a news helicopter crashed and burned Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle.
Emergency personnel immediately rushed to the scene.
Two cars were struck in the crash. One man could be seen running from from one of the cars with his sleeve on fire, and he was extinguished by officers at the scene.
(Excerpt) Read more at komonews.com ...
Very crowded down there. Almost better to auto into the cold water, if it was an auto-rotatable emergency.
The KOMO helipad is atop their building. Whatever happened must’ve occurred at liftoff. The crash site is only a few yards away from the KOMO studios. People in the building saw it fall right past their windows. They aren’t anywhere near the Sound.
Horrible..news said it crashed right after takeoff.
Another report says they were coming in for a landing and hit the building. Not much you can do then.
Creepy thing is that I have to fly down and around Seattle today....in a helicopter.
Creepy thing is to have to go anywhere near Seattle at any time.
Geez...dogs weren't enough for them...(who writes this crap?)
“Creepy thing is to have to go anywhere near Seattle at any time.”
Agreed. If it can be imagined, Portland, OR is even creepier.
Imagine explaining this to your auto insurance agent!
What makes me cringe is that the folks at KOMO are having to report this. I’ve been listening...they’re in shock.
The gal at KING 5 was breaking down, too. Friends have been killed. Prayers up.
An eyewitness who works construction and watches this helo takeoff and land every day said that the helo made a landing, stayed on the pad for about two minutes, and then started taking off.
He said that the helo didn’t sound right almost from the beginning and the pilot bailed the helo into the lawn on the South side of the Pacfic Science Center, West of the Space Needle.
The helo didn’t quite make the lawn, having been caught by trees that line the sidewalk on both sides of the street. The helo landed on a small blue passenger car and a white pickup truck. One person in the pickup managed to escape. What happened to the occupants of either the small blue car or the helo is unknown publicly, probably awaiting notification.
SFD is rolling the hoses as we speak. The bodies are still on the lawn.
Could have been worse. Pilot did a great job limiting the possible damage. The lawn is essentially the only practical place to ditch the aircraft with the fewest possible casualties. The monorail track lies to the West, the news building is to the South, Space Needle to the East.
It’s early in the day. The crash happened around 7:20 AM Pacific today.
Absolutely. What a horrible thing to witness.
Prayers up indeed,
“The monorail track lies to the West, the news building is to the South, Space Needle to the East.”
Actually the entrance to the Space Needle is just to the SW of the crash site while the monorail track is to the NE of it. The Space Needle is to the NW. The lawn it crashed on is the SE side of Seattle Center.
It crashed on the NW side of Broad Street where it intersects with John Street.
1. It is sad and tragic.
2. Queue up this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0xr31XbSOU&feature=kp
Good Lord! They KILLED HIM???!?
Oh, the writer means *IT* was extinguished by the officers at the scene.
You noticed too.
It was hard to miss... :-)
Dear Lord, two people died and three comments on this topic had to be removed by the moderators for apparent tastelessness?
Aren’t we better than this?
Live coverage says this person is in critical condition w/50% burns.
That type of pix is my worst nightmare as my daughter is a flight nurse for a medical rescue helicopter.
I just stuck to the cardinals. I wasn’t sitting in front of a map when I wrote the summary. Just what I had heard on KOMO a few minutes before.
A couple of nurses admitted it scared the hell out of them having it right up there.
N34TV is a 1997 Bell Model 407.
Easy! Just show your auto insurance agent the news video.
The company my daughter is with lost a bird and crew 10 years ago. She was hired as a replacement crew member. Needless to say the outfit does take safety seriously and allows any crew member to throw a safety flag to abort a mission.Yet things break and humans make mistakes.One of the most dangerous occupations in terms of deaths per hours worked in the nation. Prayers up for those lost and their families.
There have been similar incidents in the past, like the NYC radio station ‘copter crash where the reporter was heard to scream “hit the water, hit the water!” (Jane Dornacker*, WNBC), and one in the 70s in Boston where Red Banke and Chip Wittermore of WEEI AM 590
were killed when the ‘copter hit an apartment building in Quincy.
*—Wiki: Both occupants were trapped for nearly 1015 minutes before help arrived. Dornacker died on her way to Saint Vincent’s Hospital. She was 39 years old
Just like anywhere else. Some are. Some aren't.
Then good on you. Seriously.
It was a Eurocopter AS350. Same type of bird my husband flies.
Not worth arguing over but here is where I got the info:
Their usual chopper is in the shop for an upgrade. This one was a loaner.
“Their usual chopper is in the shop for an upgrade. This one was a loaner.”
Oh, bummer. I wonder if this is going to turn out to be a case of pilot unfamiliarity?
Like when my SUV was in the shop and for two weeks I was driving a rented Prius. If I had been operating in three dimensions it would have been dicey at first.
A guy on another building looks out on the heliport. He said the chopper landed, and the pilot came out and looked around the craft with a flashlight. Then took off after only the check and a few minutes on the ground, and then crashed.
The guy burned in the car is reported to have 20% or less burns, some deep will require surgery, but is expected to survive.
I hope not. The controls on the A-Star are backwards from a normal chopper. Silly French.
“The controls on the A-Star are backwards from a normal chopper.”
Muscle memory plays a part in quick reactions. Might have been a factor in this.
Thank God no one else got hurt/killed.
I spent a large part of the afternoon flying an AS-350 in Seattle and the winds/weather weren't abnormal. The problem with that helipad arrangement is that it puts you in a region of the height velocity diagram you don't want to be in. As soon as you leave the pad you are at a high enough altitude to get killed without enough speed to auto.
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