The man injured Tuesday in the crash of KOMO-TV’s helicopter underwent his first surgery today.
Richard Newman, a 38-year-old clinical-trials project manager at Genelex, had the first of what are expected to be multiple surgeries Friday, said Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
Newman remains in serious condition in the hospital’s intensive-care unit. He has second- and third-degree burns on 20 percent of his body.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on the crash is scheduled to be released at 9 p.m. tonight. The report will include a description of surveillance-video footage showing the incident, according to a spokesman.