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Seattle to reevaluate helicopter safety

Seattle to reevaluate helicopter safety

Photo: Associated Press

KGMI News Reporting, AP News
By Tracy Ellis

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city will review its helipad policy following the crash that killed two the pilot and a KOMO-TV News photographer.

The KOMO helicopter went down at a busy intersection, hitting three cars, starting them on fire and spewing burning fuel down the street.

There are about 12 helipads in Seattle.

Current rules allow them to be used in some commercial zones, downtown and in industrial areas.

KOMO Radio’s Brian Calvert was inside the building at the time of the crash.

Play Brian Calvert describing scene

Witnesses reported hearing unusual noises from the helicopter before it crashed.
Former Cascade Radio Group announcer Deb Slater was at the scene.

Play Deb Slater reaction 

Chris Rosen is a local helicopter pilot.

He says witness accounts of how the helicopter was spinning may provide some clues.

Play Chris Rosen on helicopter mechanics 

The National Transportation Safety Board says investigators are examining all possibilities as they look for what caused the crash.

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