Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said this morning the city will review its rules for helicopter landing sites.
The close proximity of several news stations and the heavy tourist traffic at the Seattle Center raise questions about safety.
“It could have been much worse. It was a quiet day at the Center,” Murray said of this morning’s crash of a KOMO news helicopter that killed two people on board and has a Seattle man in serious condition after the helicopter landed on his car.
Diane Sugimura, director of the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, said city rules were re-written in the 1980s to limit new landing sites to news and medical uses.
She said the city then was concerned about noise and public safety. She said some landing pads permitted on the tops of downtown buildings were grandfathered in.
New landing sites now require a conditional use permit and approval by the City Council. She said such requests likely would get close scrutiny today because the city has many more downtown residents and workers.
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