5 killed as sightseeing helicopter crash into New York City river

New York helicopter crash: pilot reportedly blames bag after five die

New York helicopter crash: pilot reportedly blames bag after five die

"What we do know is that it was a photo flight, there were harnesses". "They worked very quickly, as fast as they could".

The pilot has told investigators that he suspects a bag owned by one of the passengers may have switched an emergency shutoff valve for fuel to the engines, CNN and ABC News reported.

The official was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly about it and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

US investigators probing a deadly helicopter crash in New York City's East River want to speak with the pilot who warned of engine failure before the chartered aircraft crashed into the icy water, killing all five passengers.

The audio revealed that the helicopter was upside down in the water as rescue boats arrived at the scene. The floats are supposed allow a helicopter to stay upright, rather than overturning and submerging.

Two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday.

The pilot managed to free himself from a safety harness and was later discharged in good health from hospital. The waterway, which is actually not a river despite its name, connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end.

According to NYPD Lt. Thomas Antonetti, the crash happened about 7 p.m. during a tour.

Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter shows a red helicopter land hard in the water and then tip over as its rotors slap at the water.

The FAA hasn't commented on Schumer's suggestion.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, confirmed two passengers died and one other was rescued.

"He was a smart, talented, and ambitious young journalist and producer who was well-liked and made a big contribution". His profile on the site says he was originally from Dallas.

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While some people say there was more than one person aboard, other witnesses say only one individual was inside and was able to escape unscathed. Cadigan got a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University while his friend went into firefighting.

Helicopter owner Liberty Helicopters is referring all inquiries to investigators.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but local media indicated the pilot had sent a distress signal that mentioned an engine problem shortly before the crash. All five passengers died.

A number of plane and helicopter crashes over New York City's East River and Hudson River have claimed lives in the past several years.

Those killed were identified as Daniel Thompson, 34; Tristan Hill, 29; Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29; Brian McDaniel, 26; and Trevor Cadigan, 26.

It was a day of mourning at Dallas Fire Rescue Station 36.

Travis Howard, a St. Louis resident, told The Post that his family was panicking Sunday night because they had not heard from his 26-year-old brother-in-law, who they believed may have been on the helicopter.

The FAA said that the National Transportation Safety Board will work to determine the probable cause of the incident.

Rescuers had to cut the passengers' harnesses to free them from the wreckage.

The doors to the Eurocopter AS350 were open so passengers could snap photos. Liberty Helicopters offers both private charters and sightseeing tours popular with tourists.

He decided that landing it in Central Park was too risky and was trained to do emergency landings in the river, the source said.

Aviation lawyer Gary Robb said the lever Vance referenced, which is is usually on the floor next to the pilot's seat in that type of helicopter, needs to be pulled up and back down to be activated - it's not enough to accidentally pull it.

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