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

Larry Hoffman
March 14, 2018

"East River - engine failure", he added.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said: "It took a while for the divers to get these people out".

"He was very enthusiastic and was certainly an overachiever", Sara Silverstein, a Business Insider editor said on the company's website.

'It was a great tragedy that we had here'. Harbor units from the NYPD and New York City Fire Department (FDNY) responded, as did the NYPD's Air & Sea Rescue Unit, and the Coast Guard.

The 26-year-old journalist started out with WFAA-TV in Dallas, and had relocated to New York City for his big break last year.

His friend McDaniel, also 26, was on a trip to visit his longtime friend.The two both attended Bishop Lynch High School together.

Trevor Cadigan (closest to camera) was recording video as the Eurocopter AS350 lifted off from a New Jersey heliport. McDaniel flashed a thumbs up.

The National Transport Safety Board was leading the investigation into the crash.

Schumer said he was briefed on the crash by the NTSB, which has brought in 14 investigators to probe the crash. He later attended New York University.

About 11 minutes into the flight, some of the gear may have come loose and hooked the fuel shutoff lever, cutting the engine, the pilot said.

A video posted online appeared to show the red helicopter descending into the water, its spinning blades chopping the river as it tipped over.

The charter helicopter was hired for a photo shoot.

Others reported seeing someone in the water clinging to a flotation device.

"It's cold water", witness Mary Lee told the New York Post. "It was under water".

Trevor Cadigan, right, recorded this video at the his helicopter tour of New York City on Sunday.

A crane lifts the sightseeing helicopter that crashed on Sunday night from the East River in NY.

The company referred inquiries to authorities, saying it was focused on the victims' families and the investigation. They included a midair collision with a small plane in August 2009 over the Hudson River that killed nine people and in July 2007 when a helicopter went down in the Hudson with a pilot and seven passengers aboard. Three subsequent maintenance violations in 2011 and 2012 didn't result in any fines.

The helicopter was operated by Liberty Helicopters, which conducts air tours in NY.

The helicopter that crashed on Sunday is now at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

A crash in October 2011 in the East River killed a British woman visiting the city for her 40th birthday.

The helicopter was on a private chartered sightseeing photo tour through Liberty Helicopters and was piloted by Richard Vance, 33, of Danbury, Connecticut. He said he thought something was odd when he saw the helicopter flying low before it crashed into the East River, so he started shooting video.

Eight people were onboard, but no one was seriously hurt.

Divers in fast-moving, frigid waters had to cut the people loose 50 feet below the surface in order to remove them, New York Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

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