All five passengers killed in NYC helicopter crash, only pilot s

14 March, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • At least 2 dead,1 rescued from crashed helicopter in New York City's East River

The pilot who survived a crash into the East River Sunday night that killed his five passengers is from CT, according to the New York Daily News.

As for what caused the helicopter to go down, a source familiar with the investigation says the pilot told police he observed a "tether from a front passenger's harness wrapped around the fuel shut off lever, which had accidentally cut off fuel supply to the engine resulting in engine failure".

Liberty Helicopters said in a statement it was "focused on supporting the families affected by this tragic accident", adding that it was co-operating with investigators.

"That's something we're looking into", Gunther said. These made it hard for them to escape the stricken aircraft.

Earlier Monday, New York Sen. The FAA called it a Eurocopter AS350.

At least 2 people are reported dead and 3 are in critical condition out of five that were recovered from the crash, according to officials. Owner Liberty Helicopters is referring all inquiries to investigators.

The company paid $23,576 in fines in 2010 and 2011 for violating maintenance, record-keeping and flight operations rules, the FAA said.

Vance's LinkedIn page says he has been working for Liberty since April 2016. In August 2009, nine people were killed after a helicopter and a small, private plane crashed into each other over the Hudson River. Moment later, the aircraft flipped over. The only survivor is the pilot.

The charter helicopter was hired for a photo shoot.

Andrew Vidales, McDaniel's cycling coach at Bishop Lynch, said McDaniel "always had a smile on his face, very talkative and very optimistic".

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was traveling from outside the city Sunday night, was briefed on the crash.

At about midnight, Howard had tried contacting police and three hospitals and had not yet determined whether his relative was among those who died.

Two helicopter employees - Daniel Thompson, 34, and Tristan Hill, 29 (PICTURED) were also killed.

Trevor Cadigan and Brian McDaniel, both 26 years old, were capping off a weekend of sightseeing with the helicopter tour, according to Mr. Cadigan's father, Jerry Cadigan.

"He was a smart, talented, and ambitious young journalist and producer who was well-liked and made a big contribution".

McDaniel was a firefighter in Dallas who'd gone to high school with Cadigan and was in NY visiting him over the weekend, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

A bystander caught the incident on video, which shows the helicopter crashing into the water and submerging into the river as the blades keep spinning. As Cadigan grins widely into the camera, he angles his phone to show McDaniel sitting just behind him.

The helicopter was being chartered for a photo shoot when it went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence.

NTSB spokeswoman Bella Dinh-Zarr said at a press conference this afternoon that the crash occurred at 7:08 p.m. ET Sunday and her team "will be looking at other sister helicopters and see if this helicopter's harnesses were functioning and if the passengers were using them".

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