Two deaths and a serious injury were reported after a news helicopter fell on three cars outside of Seattle Center last month. Learn more about it here.

Helicopter Falls on Cars Near Seattle Center


Posted on Apr 10, 2014

An unusual accident that got national attention happened outside of Seattle Center on Tuesday morning March 18, 2014. The accident happened at approximately 7:40 a.m. local time on Broad Street next to Fisher Plaza.

According to reports of the accident a helicopter leased by KOMO news fell on top of three cars. The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) has told the media that the helicopter had just returned from Covington to refuel for a trip to Renton. An eyewitness allegedly saw the helicopter land on its pad at Fisher Plaza and then reports that it made a whining noise and crashed.

The helicopter’s pilot, Gary Pfitzner, and a photographer, Bill Strothman, were onboard the helicopter and were reported to have been killed in the crash. Richard Newman, 38, was in one of the cars that was hit by the helicopter. He reportedly suffered second- and third-degree burns on about twenty percent of his body, cuts on his head, and a broken rib. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center and was reported to be in serious condition in the days following the crash.

No other serious injuries were reported, though there were other people in the cars that were hit by the helicopter.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The NTSB anticipates that it will be about one year before a final report is issued about this accident.

We extend our sincere condolences to the families of Gary Pfitzner and Bill Strothman, and we extend our best wishes for a full and fast recovery to Richard Newman following this Seattle helicopter car accident.

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