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UPDATE: Two killed in KOMO-TV helicopter crash

Updated: Tuesday, March 18 2014, 01:52 PM CDT

SEATTLE- A news helicopter for KOMO-TV has crashed outside of its station, near the Seattle Space Needle.

KOMO-TV says two cars were  struck in the crash. Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said the helicopter crashed as it was taking off from the roof of Fisher Plaza, across the street from the Space Needle.

The two victims have been identified as former longtime KOMO News photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner. Strothman worked for many years at KOMO News and was well-known to many of the employees.

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