News helicopter crashes near Space Needle

With the KOMO-TV broadcast building at left, authorities attend to the scene of a news helicopter crash near the Space Needle, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Seattle. Two people were killed and another critically injured. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
With the KOMO-TV broadcast building at left, authorities attend to the scene of a news helicopter crash near the Space Needle, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Seattle. Two people were killed and another critically injured. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) – A news helicopter for KOMO-TV has crashed outside its station near the Seattle Space Needle.

The station says the copter was apparently coming in for a landing on its rooftop Tuesday morning when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles on Broad Street.

Photos: News chopper crashes near Space Needle

The copter and cars exploded in flames and casualties were reported.

People in the area reported seeing a huge cloud of smoke as firefighters and police responded.

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