KOMO-TV News Helicopter Crash Kills 2

The two in the chopper were beloved KOMO photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner.
3:00 | 03/19/14

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I'm Mike Gonzales in for Diana for -- and I'm John Mueller our colleagues at Como TV ABC's affiliate in Seattle are in mourning today. After a fatal crash involving the station's helicopter the fully fueled chopper was lifting off from the station's roof when it suddenly dropped to the street below and exploded. Not far from the city's famous Space Needle. ABC's lot of -- is there. Good morning John and Marci I'm here in the -- TV complex. Directly above me at the helicopter launch pad and as you can see we are so close to the iconic Seattle Space -- just about 200 yards from here. That's where tour groups and school children -- often congregate many are saying it's a wonder that more weren't caught by these tragic events. In the shadow of the Seattle Space Needle. They reported -- -- -- and building on the ground now. -- -- The chopper flown by ABC affiliate Como TV had just for fuel and we're lifting off from the station through. Dropped suddenly to the street below and exploded as unstable it is. Pitching going up and down that like its tail wobbled so -- like a couple tail spins and then it just standing. Flames and dark smoke in -- the cockpit. And the chopper came crashing down on three vehicles that were trying to find some before story out of one of the vehicles -- storm fire. Ran into the street. We -- plans to drivers escaped. A third man was severely burned or killed on impact the two in the chopper beloved Como photographer bill straw men and pilot Gary fits nor. He have reached the point here where we can talk about the two people that we have lost. This will be -- very difficult time investigators are now looking for clues on what went wrong we're looking at everything we're looking at the environment. The weather and the pilot. The operators in the helicopter as well as a helicopter itself. As well as a background of all of the above. Investigators say that they hope to have a preliminary report in as little as five days -- they caution that answers may take months months longer. Lana -- ABC news Seattle back to -- John --

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