A news helicopter used by KOMO 4 and KING 5 crashed near the Space Needle. Witnesses say the helicopter appeared to be landing on the rooftop pad, and then fell off, landing on two cars. They’re showing the cars on TV now, and they are burned. [Update: Now they’re saying four cars were involved.]
As a helicopter pilot, I can’t imagine ‘missing’ the landing pad. I think I heard a news reader say that witnesses said the helicopter spun around; but I don’t know if that was before it fell, or on the way down. If the latter, that would be expected. If the former, it sounds like a tail rotor strike or a tail rotor failure. They’ve just said a witness said the helicopter ‘looked like it was trying to land, and “teetered” off the roof.’
They’re saying there’s jet fuel all over the place.