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KOMO/KING Helicopter Crashes and Burns

Postby jon » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:04 am

News helicopter crashes, burns beside Space Needle
By KOMO Staff
Published: Mar 18, 2014 at 7:54 AM PDT

SEATTLE - A news helicopter has crashed and burned Tuesday morning on Broad Street only a few feet from the Space Needle.

Emergency personnel immediately rushed to the scene..

Two vehicles were struck in the crash.

Huge flames and plumes of black smoke poured from the burning wreckage.

It was not immediately clear what happened to the helicopter's crew.

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This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
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Re: KOMO/KING Helicopter Crashes and Burns

Postby Bongwater » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:22 am

Thanks for posting this. I was just about to mention it.
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Re: KOMO/KING Helicopter Crashes and Burns

Postby Bongwater » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:34 am

Update: 2 killed in KOMO helicopter crash

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/News ... 90281.html
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Re: KOMO/KING Helicopter Crashes and Burns

Postby Bongwater » Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:33 am

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Re: KOMO/KING Helicopter Crashes and Burns

Postby Bongwater » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:01 am

The deceased in the KOMO Air 4 crash have been identified as pilot Gary Fitzner and photographer Bill Strothman.
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Re: KOMO/KING Helicopter Crashes and Burns

Postby Tom Jeffries » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:10 pm

Reading about this, I found myself saying “Thank YOU", out loud, a few times - because of the many SAFE years, my Traffic reporter(s) would be whizzing about the GTA - (*Russ Holden is STILL doing 680 News Traffic in TO - and he was, when I was there. How many KM’s? Astounding). For KISS-FM over the Lower Mainland, JoAnne Sutton, or Kate Rebak would be up there, in a peeny helicopter and it is not without it’s perils, as we see here.

Condolences to the Helicopter crews Families and to the extended Broadcast Families at KOMO and KING.

This is just terrible news.. Glad it was not worse.
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Re: KOMO/KING Helicopter Crashes and Burns

Postby Rich Elwood » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:24 pm

Very sad story. I saw it on the morning news. One of those moments in time where everything is as it should be and then it's not. I feel for their families, friends and workmates. I'm sure it's a very somber day around KOMO and all radio and TV stations in Seattle. My condolences.

Traffic reporting by air is a risky business. My dear departed friend Tom Rivers (CHUM Toronto/CFTR TO) worked briefly at K-100 in LA in 1975 and the traffic reporter there was the famous U-2 Spyplane pilot Gary Powers who was shot down over the former Soviet Union in 1959 or 60. He was tried as a spy (by that fair system that hasn't changed a hell of a lot in 70 years) and was eventually released in exchange for an East Bloc spy the US was holding.

Sadly, Francis Gary Powers was killed in a chopper crash (he was pilot and reporter) over LA.

Very sad day, especially because of the kindred relationship the Vancouver media has always had with the media in that beautiful Emerald City to the south.
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Re: KOMO/KING Helicopter Crashes and Burns

Postby radiofan » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:12 pm

Condoilences to everyone in the KOMO family at Fisher Plaza.

Kudos to Morning Anchors Gregg and Manda along with Traffic Reporter Paul Tosch and everyone else who was a part of Tuesday Morning's coverage on KOMO AM.

I happened to tune into KOMO about two minutes after the crash and stayed listening for several hours. As always, a superb job by the folks at KOMO, especially considering their station
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