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2 dead in helicopter crash near Seattle

Federal authorities have been called in to investigate a deadly helicopter crash near the Seattle Space Needle.

Two people who were on board the news helicopter were killed on Tuesday.

A 37-year-old man who was inside a car when the chopper crashed into it was critically injured and rushed to hospital.

“We’ve got wreckage strewn across the lawn along with wreckage on the street,” Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore told CNN.

“We’ve cordoned off a wide area. We want to give the NTSB [National Transportation Safety Board] where all the evidence is so they can put it all together — the chain of events — what exactly happened,” he said.

“The helicopter, what we have left is basically just a part of the tail and burnt out metal from the main chassis of the helicopter.”

According to the website of local news station King, the helicopter was used by its station and fellow station Komo. Komo says the chopper went down near its offices.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB are investigating the crash.