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UPDATE: Seattle Television Station ID's 2 Killed In Helicopter Crash

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KOMO photographer Bill Strothman (left) and pilot Gary Pfitzner perished in the helicopter crash in Seattle on Tues. KOMO photographer Bill Strothman (left) and pilot Gary Pfitzner perished in the helicopter crash in Seattle on Tues.
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KHQ.COM - The 38-year-old Seattle man who was injured on the ground when the KOMO-TV news helicopter crashed is improving
   
Harborview Medical Center reports Richard Newman has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.
   
Spokeswoman Susan Gregg says he has second- and third-degree burns on up to 20 percent of his body - on his back and arms. He also has cuts on his head and a broken rib. He's sedated in the intensive care unit and will need surgeries for the burns, but not immediately.
   
The fire department had initially estimated that burns covered 50 percent of his body. His car was hit by the burning helicopter Tuesday morning near the Seattle Center.
   
Gregg says Harborview is well-equipped to treat the man as the Level 1 trauma center for four states.

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SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle TV station has identified the two people killed in a news helicopter crash near the Space Needle.
   
The fiery wreck happened Tuesday morning as the KOMO-TV helicopter took off from the station. The chopper went down on Broad Street and hit three vehicles, starting them on fire and spewing burning fuel down the street.
   
The fire department says a 38-year-old man in one of the vehicles was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
   
Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg says the man suffered burns on up to 20 percent of his body and likely will require surgery.
   
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