Space Needle

Fatal Helicopter Crash
10:33 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Photojournalist Bill Strothman Remembered As A 'True, Gentle Man'

Bill Strothman was killed after KOMO's news helicopter crashed on Tuesday.
Courtesy of KOMO News

Bill Radke talks with TV producer Doug Tolmie about his friend and colleague Bill Strothman. Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner were killed in Tuesday's helicopter crash at Seattle Center.

"Everybody who met [Bill], even in a brief situation, were touched by his professionalism and his kindness," he said. "This was one heck of a gentle man."

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Fatal Crash
3:15 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Witness, Helicopter Pilot Provide Insight On Seattle Center Crash

A line of fire was formed from fuel that leaked out of the helicopter and the cars it hit on Tuesday morning. The Fire Department was quickly able to extinguish the flames.
Twitter Photo/Deb Slater

KUOW reporter Liz Jones speaks with Justin Rabung, who works a couple of blocks away from where a KOMO News helicopter crashed on Tuesday morning.

Also, Steve Scher speaks with Larry Welk about the technical aspects of the helicopter that was involved in the crash. Welk has been a helicoper pilot for 15 years and has a company in Los Angeles called Angel City Air which operates news helicopters.

Chopper Crash
8:22 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Fatal News Helicopter Crash At Seattle Center, Injured Man Improving

Officials on the scene of the crash.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy speaks with several voices of the day; including NTSB investigator Dennis Hogenson, witness Daniel Gonzalez, who ran to the scene to aid the survivors, Corwin Haeck from KOMO News Radio, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

Steve Scher talks with KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy about the latest update on Tuesday's helicopter crash.

KUOW's Bill Radke interviews Mike Thielen, helicopter pilot and president of Glacier Aviation, Inc. in Olympia.

An investigation is underway as the National Transportation Safety Board tries to determine what caused the news helicopter to crash near the Space Needle on Tuesday morning, killing two people and injuring one.

NTSB has released a preliminary report on the crash.. The full report will take about a year to complete according to NTSB estimates.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said that the city will also be reviewing rules of helicopter pads in the city.

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Fear Factor
10:05 am
Mon December 2, 2013

VIDEO: Technicians Face Fear As They Light Space Needle

Technician Matt Waffle climbs Seattle's Space Needle to hook up holiday lights. “For me, I faced my fear, I did it,” Waffle said.
Credit AP Photo/Manuel Valdes

Perhaps the most terrifying moment in this video about lighting the Space Needle is when a technician says, “When the weather’s not cooperating, that’s when we do rock, paper, scissors or something to figure out who is going to be the one going up there.”

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Labor Dispute
9:29 am
Tue September 17, 2013

National Labor Board Takes Space Needle Management To Court

Flickr Photo/Craig Elliott

The National Labor Relations Board and Space Needle management are in federal court this week.

The union that represents about 200 employees at the Needle is accusing management of union busting and unfair labor practices.

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Public Views
12:28 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

What Iconic Seattle Views Should Be Protected?

Proposed zoning changes in South Lake Union would obstruct the view of the Space Needle from Lake Union Park.
Space Needle Corp. Courtesy Photo

New construction in South Lake Union would block the view of the Space Needle from a park. What views from public places are protected? What Seattle sites are considered so important there are rules to keep them from being blocked? Should there be more?

Ross Reynolds talks with the director of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development Marshall Foster and tries to see the bigger picture when it comes to public views.