Investigation continues into fatal Seattle helicopter crash

By Michelle Kapusta,

An investigation into the fatal news helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two people and injured one other continued on Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, the local news chopper had just stopped at a helipad to refuel and was on its way to another assignment when it crashed in Seattle’s downtown area on Tuesday morning.

The New York Daily News reported that three vehicles and the copter burst into flames in the crash and photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner lost their lives. A third man, Richard Newman, whose car was engulfed in the flames, was able to pull himself out after suffering burns on more than 20 percent of his body.

A spokeswoman for the Harborview Medical Center said that Newman’s condition was upgraded from critical to serious after his arrival at the hospital and he will likely need surgery.

Authorities said that witnesses recalled hearing strange noises coming from the chopper after it refueled, however, it could take several months for officials to conclude their investigation and determine what caused the crash.

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