2 Dead After KOMO Helicopter Crashes in Seattle

By Merrill Knox 

The KOMO news helicopter has crashed near Fisher Plaza in Seattle. Kelly Koopmans, a reporter and anchor at the ABC affiliate, is tweeting from the scene:

Koopmans said the chopper crashed into at least two cars on the ground.

>More: Watch’s KOMO’s live report on the chopper crash here.

>More: The Associated Press says casualties have been reported in the crash:

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.

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.

>More: The Seattle Fire Department reported via Twitter two people were killed in the crash. Seattle NBC affiliate KING, which operates the chopper in a joint partnership with KOMO, is reporting a third person is in critical condition.

>More: Video from the aftermath of the crash is after the jump.

[h/t Gawker]

>More: KOMO is relying on aerial coverage of the scene from rival KIRO, Seattle’s CBS affiliate. “We’re always competition, but thank you to KIRO for giving us access to this shot just so we can show our viewers how close the proximity to Fisher Plaza this morning. We certainly appreciate that,” Liz Dueweke said on KOMO.