At least 2 dead after news helicopter crashes near Seattle Space Needle

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SEATTLE (AP/PIX11) — A news helicopter for KOMO-TV has crashed outside its station near the Seattle Space Needle, killing at least two people according to affiliate KCPQ.

The station says the copter was apparently coming in for a landing on its rooftop Tuesday morning when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles on Broad Street.

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Two cars burst into flames. (Photo: KCPQ)

The copter and cars exploded in flames.

Two people are confirmed dead and a third was taken to an area hospital.

People in the area reported seeing a huge cloud of smoke as firefighters and police responded.

For a live blog on the incident, click here.