In a truly horrific catastrophe, a KOMO 4 news helicopter in Seattle crashed this morning just yards from the Space Needle right after takeoff. Witnesses say the helicopter took a nosedive immediately after taking flight, slamming into the ground, hitting two other cars, bursting into flames, and killing two people inside the copter. Here's some terrifying description from KOMO News describing their own tragedy.

Witnesses said a man could be seen running from from one car with his clothing on fire, and he was extinguished by officers at the scene. He was then rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition with burns over more than 50 percent of his body.

Huge flames and plumes of black smoke poured from the burning wreckage, about 50 yards from the base of the Space Needle. Fuel gushing from the wreckage caught fire and burned for a block from the crash scene.

The Seattle Fire Department said two people were found dead in the wreckage.

More info will undoubtedly be coming. Here's video of the scene and KOMO news anchors trying to make sense of this tragedy.