Doctors: Helicopter crash victim continues to improve

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 3:07 AM

SEATTLE -- Federal investigators will give an update Wednesday at 3 p.m. on their probe into the helicopter crash that killed a news photographer and pilot Tuesday.

The NTSB said the helicopter carrying Bill Strothman and Gary Pfitzner crashed just after taking off from Fisher Plaza, home of KOMO, and crashed on the street nearby. Three vehicles were hit, sending one man to the hospital with burns to 20 percent of his body.

The NTSB said it would look at safety and maintenance records for the Eurostar AS350-B2. It would also take into consideration the weather conditions, the helicopter itself and the pilot.

The aircraft was being operated by Helicopters, Inc. KING 5 shares with KOMO the cost of the helicopter and video service provided by Helicopters, Inc.

The man who was injured, 38-year-old Richard Newman, is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center. As of Wednesday morning, Newman was conscious, breathing on his own and improving, according to the hospital.

The memorial outside KOMO's building at Fisher Plaza continued to grow. Flowers, candles and more filled the table, beside which stood pictures of Strothman and Pfitzner.

Strothman won 13 Emmys and worked for KOMO from 1979-2008, but left to freelance and has been employed by Helicopters, Inc. since 2008.

Pfitzner worked at Boeing's development center in Tukwila and, in his spare time, flew helicopters and gave flying lessons.

 

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