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March 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

NTSB: Tonight’s report to describe helicopter-crash video

Update| 9:08 p.m.:

The report was just released, and details will be posted shortly on seattletimes.com.

Original post:

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on Tuesday’s KOMO-TV helicopter crash will include a description of surveillance footage showing the incident, according to a spokesman.

The one-page report is scheduled to be released at 9 p.m. today.

“We got a lot of witness accounts,” said Dennis Hogenson, the agency’s deputy regional chief, who estimated the total number of accounts at nearly 100. “But now (with the video), we have hard evidence of what happened.”

With the help of the Seattle Police Department, the agency obtained video of the crash from three angles, Hogenson said. But he cautioned that the cameras which caught the crash were far away.

“These are not high-quality cameras, or maybe they’re high quality, but they’re not meant for this purpose,” Hogenson said. “The helicopter is in the background.”

Many are hoping the preliminary report will start to provide answers about the crash, which killed both of the helicopter’s occupants — pilot Gary Pfitzner and longtime photojournalist Bill Strothman — and critically injured the driver of a car struck by the chopper.

Richard Newman had the first of multiple surgeries today, according to a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center. Newman remains in serious condition in the hospital’s intensive-care unit.

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