2 killed in Seattle helicopter crash

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 18, 2014 18:35 hrs

At least two people were killed and one person was injured as a helicopter belonging to the KOMO News crashed near the Space Needle in Seattle on Tuesday.

The Seattle Police Department tweeted: "Two killed, one critically injured in helicopter crash near Seattle Center."

The helicopter was reportedly trying to take off when the mishap occurred.

Three vehicles on the street below the building of the broadcaster caught fire after the mishap which occurred at around 7:40 am local time.

The injured person was taken to a hospital.

The Seattle Fire Department tweeted: "Helicopter crash and three cars fires near space needle."

Fire fighters reached the spot to douse the flame.

An eye- witness told KOMO New: " It looked like the helicopter was trying to take off, and it just was trying to stabilize and it looked odd ... and it just took a nose dive right down there on the street."

"And the scary thing about was the gas from the helicopter started leaking and it caught a car or two on fire - so it´s crazy," the eye- witness said.

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