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Seattle News Helicopter Crashes at Space Needle, 2 Dead, 1 Injured
KOMO TV ^ | 3/18/14 | KOMO Staff

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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: crash; helicopter; seattle
KOMO's helipad is atop their building right next to the crash site. No word as to the identities of the victims.
1 posted on 03/18/2014 8:33:27 AM PDT by hoagy62
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To: hoagy62

Very crowded down there. Almost better to auto into the cold water, if it was an auto-rotatable emergency.


2 posted on 03/18/2014 8:35:58 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

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.


3 posted on 03/18/2014 8:38:16 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Horrible..news said it crashed right after takeoff.


4 posted on 03/18/2014 8:39:08 AM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: hoagy62

Another report says they were coming in for a landing and hit the building. Not much you can do then.


5 posted on 03/18/2014 8:39:38 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Arm_Bears

excuse me???


7 posted on 03/18/2014 8:44:26 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Arm_Bears

Creepy thing is that I have to fly down and around Seattle today....in a helicopter.


8 posted on 03/18/2014 8:45:01 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

Creepy thing is to have to go anywhere near Seattle at any time.

Frisco North!


9 posted on 03/18/2014 8:48:48 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: hoagy62
...he was extinguished by officers...

Geez...dogs weren't enough for them...(who writes this crap?)

10 posted on 03/18/2014 8:49:50 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: editor-surveyor

“Creepy thing is to have to go anywhere near Seattle at any time.”

Agreed. If it can be imagined, Portland, OR is even creepier.


11 posted on 03/18/2014 8:51:30 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: editor-surveyor
Creepy thing is to have to go anywhere near Seattle at any time.
People have been killed, so shut your stupid mouth.
12 posted on 03/18/2014 8:51:40 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: hoagy62


13 posted on 03/18/2014 8:52:32 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: hoagy62

Imagine explaining this to your auto insurance agent!


15 posted on 03/18/2014 8:54:37 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: JoeProBono

What makes me cringe is that the folks at KOMO are having to report this. I’ve been listening...they’re in shock.


17 posted on 03/18/2014 8:56:19 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

The gal at KING 5 was breaking down, too. Friends have been killed. Prayers up.


18 posted on 03/18/2014 8:57:49 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: USNBandit

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.


19 posted on 03/18/2014 8:58:25 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: dainbramaged

Absolutely. What a horrible thing to witness.

Prayers up indeed,


20 posted on 03/18/2014 8:59:23 AM PDT by Gefn (All good kitties go to the Rainbow Bridge; their humans can't stop crying)
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To: RinaseaofDs

“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.


21 posted on 03/18/2014 9:03:00 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: dainbramaged

1. It is sad and tragic.
2. Queue up this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0xr31XbSOU&feature=kp


22 posted on 03/18/2014 9:04:01 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: hoagy62
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.

Good Lord! They KILLED HIM???!?

Oh, the writer means *IT* was extinguished by the officers at the scene.

23 posted on 03/18/2014 9:05:26 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: who knows what evil?

You noticed too.


24 posted on 03/18/2014 9:07:02 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

25 posted on 03/18/2014 9:09:35 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Lazamataz

It was hard to miss... :-)


26 posted on 03/18/2014 9:17:42 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: All

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?


27 posted on 03/18/2014 9:17:44 AM PDT by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: hoagy62
== 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. ==

Live coverage says this person is in critical condition w/50% burns.

28 posted on 03/18/2014 9:21:46 AM PDT by QT3.14
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To: JoeProBono

That type of pix is my worst nightmare as my daughter is a flight nurse for a medical rescue helicopter.


29 posted on 03/18/2014 9:25:10 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


30 posted on 03/18/2014 9:28:11 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: buckalfa
When I was in the hospital my room was directly under the helo pad. I could hear it coming and going, and smell the jet fuel.

A couple of nurses admitted it scared the hell out of them having it right up there.

31 posted on 03/18/2014 9:35:32 AM PDT by real saxophonist (More Cowbell.)
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To: hoagy62

N34TV is a 1997 Bell Model 407.


32 posted on 03/18/2014 9:46:38 AM PDT by PLMerite
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Easy! Just show your auto insurance agent the news video.


33 posted on 03/18/2014 9:54:10 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: real saxophonist

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.


34 posted on 03/18/2014 9:55:54 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: hoagy62

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 10–15 minutes before help arrived. Dornacker died on her way to Saint Vincent’s Hospital. She was 39 years old


35 posted on 03/18/2014 10:17:35 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: MeganC
Aren’t we better than this?

Just like anywhere else. Some are. Some aren't.

36 posted on 03/18/2014 10:42:44 AM PDT by Ray54
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To: MeganC
Aren’t we better than this?
One of those deleted was me calling out an idiot who was apparently glad this happened because Seattle is liberal. His comment was also removed.
37 posted on 03/18/2014 11:01:24 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: dainbramaged

Then good on you. Seriously.


38 posted on 03/18/2014 11:49:12 AM PDT by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: PLMerite

It was a Eurocopter AS350. Same type of bird my husband flies.


39 posted on 03/18/2014 12:01:51 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Go HAWKS!!!)
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Maybe they got a new one:

Not worth arguing over but here is where I got the info:

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/N34TV.html

40 posted on 03/18/2014 12:36:13 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: PLMerite

Their usual chopper is in the shop for an upgrade. This one was a loaner.


41 posted on 03/18/2014 12:41:49 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Go HAWKS!!!)
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“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.


42 posted on 03/18/2014 4:07:01 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: PLMerite

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.


43 posted on 03/18/2014 4:15:48 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: PLMerite

I hope not. The controls on the A-Star are backwards from a normal chopper. Silly French.


44 posted on 03/18/2014 5:47:21 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Go HAWKS!!!)
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“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.


45 posted on 03/18/2014 6:24:36 PM PDT by PLMerite
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Thank God no one else got hurt/killed.


46 posted on 03/18/2014 6:46:29 PM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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Reports I hear said the helicopter lifted off the pad, started forward and then started spinning left. For an AS 350, where the main rotor goes the wrong way, that is indicative of a tail rotor problem or tail rotor drive problem.

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.

47 posted on 03/18/2014 8:46:28 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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