Covering news from the air is dangerous, so why do it?

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Covering the news from the air is dangerous business. Our news crews know that before they ever buckle up. So why do they do it?

Sometimes the only way to find the story is from 1500 feet above. From up there we can show you where the story has been and where it's going.

The natural beauty that stops us in our tracks on the ground, takes away our breath from above.

The sky is full of rewards. That's why we do it. That's what helicopter crews are after each time they buckle up, reaching for those rewards in the upside.

"And the downside is, if there's an issue in the air, you might not come home," says photojournalist Dave Wike.

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