NTSB releases factual report on Seattle news chopper crash

SEATTLE — Federal investigators have released factual findings into last year’s Seattle news helicopter crash that killed two men on board and burned a third on the ground.

But the new National Transportation Safety Board report doesn’t come to conclusions about what likely caused the fiery March 2014 crash near the Space Needle. The probable cause of the crash will be spelled out in another report, due out in two to eight weeks.

The crash killed pilot Gary Pfitzner and former KOMO-TV news photographer Bill Strothman. A Seattle man was seriously burned when the helicopter crashed on his car.

KOMO-TV reports that the new report on the crash contains information from security cameras and eyewitness accounts. It says the helicopter, leased jointly by KOMO and KING-TV, was well-maintained and the pilot was experienced.

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