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Update: Victims killed during news helicopter crash in Seattle identified

Two people who were killed when a news helicopter crashed near Seattle’s Space Needle on Tuesday morning have been identified.
Seattle (WSYR-TV/CNN) – Two people who were killed when a news helicopter crashed near Seattle’s Space Needle on Tuesday morning have been identified.

A third person was also critically injured after the helicopter, which is leased by ABC affiliate KOMO, crashed and set three vehicles on fire.

CNN reports both people inside the helicopter, KOMO photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner, were killed.

Strothman earned 14 Emmy Awards during his career and was working as a freelancer after having retired from KOMO, CNN reports.

The person injured was in one of the three vehicles that caught on fire. That person suffered severe burns, according to CNN. Officials have yet to release their identity.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

For more details, read this CNN report.

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