(SEATTLE) — Two people were killed and another injured Tuesday morning when a helicopter crashed in Seattle just yards away from the iconic Space Needle.
The helicopter was a news chopper owned by ABC News affiliate KOMO.
The chopper crashed moments after lift-off and quickly became engulfed in flames, killing two and sending a third victim to the hospital in critical condition, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
The crash site is just 50 feet away from the Space Needle, authorities said.
Two cars were also on fire when firefighters arrived to douse the flames.
Plumes of smoke quickly filled the skies near the Space Needle shortly after the crash.
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