NTSB: Helicopter Rotated 360 Degrees before Crash

Saturday, 22 Mar 2014 09:52 AM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Federal investigators say surveillance video shows that a Seattle news helicopter began rotating at takeoff before it pitched forward into a fiery crash that killed both men aboard and burned a third on the ground.

A preliminary report released late Friday night by the National Transportation Safety Board says video shows the aircraft began rotating during takeoff Tuesday morning and rose slightly from a helipad atop a Seattle building. It continued rotating for about 360 degrees before it pitched forward, nose low. The NTSB says it continued the counterclockwise rotation until it disappeared from the camera's field of view.

The KOMO-TV chopper crashed on a street next to the Space Needle and burst into flames, setting three vehicles ablaze. The wreck killed both men on board — pilot Gary Pfitzner and former KOMO photographer Bill Strothman. The two worked for Helicopters Inc., which owned the aircraft.

A Seattle man was seriously burned when the helicopter crashed on his car.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

NY Boys Rescued From Snow Aided by Air Pocket

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 09:47 AM

Two boys trapped in a snow pile in the Hudson Valley for several hours after a plow buried them were able to survive tha . . .

Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson to Leave Force

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 08:21 AM

The Missouri police officer who killed an unarmed black teen sparking months of protests in the city of Ferguson will ne . . .

Gunman Killed After Opening Fire on Police Headquarters in Austin

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 08:19 AM

Austin police have fatally shot a man who opened fire at several buildings downtown and may have had explosives.Assistan . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved