Up north in Seattle, a KOMO/KING 5 news helicopter crashed and went up in flames near the Space Needle this morning. Two KOMO workers inside the chopper were killed. A 37-year-old man was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries.
KOMO has more:
Witnesses said a man could be seen running from from one car with his clothing on fire, and he was extinguished by officers at the scene. He was then rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition with burns over more than 50 percent of his body.
Huge flames and plumes of black smoke poured from the burning wreckage, about 50 yards from the base of the Space Needle. Fuel gushing from the wreckage caught fire and burned for a block from the crash scene.
According to reports, "Witnesses said the helicopter crashed after clipping a tree near the KOMO studio."
Choppers are no longer allowed to land in San Francisco. According to KRON 4, landing pads have been banned for over two decades, though they used to land at Fisherman's Wharf and atop the BofA Tower.