Space Needle

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."

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.

KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

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.

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.”

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.

What Iconic Seattle Views Should Be Protected?

Mar 14, 2013
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.