Passengers Killed in NYC Helicopter Crash Were Strapped In

Adjust Comment Print

He said that one of the passenger's bags may have inadvertently hit the emergency fuel shutoff button, leading to the crash that killed five passengers.

Only the pilot, Richard Vance, survived.

The charter service, Liberty Helicopters, has been involved in two other high-profile crashes in NY.

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 Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, and an NTSB team arrived at the scene Monday morning.

"Mayday, mayday, mayday", said the pilot, followed by "East River, engine failure".

Some helicopters now use Emergency Floatation Systems that can be deployed in the event of a ditching or crash on water.

"One of the most hard parts of the operation we're told is the five people besides the pilot were all tightly harnessed so these harnesses had to be cut and removed in order to get these folks off of the helicopter which was upside down at the time and completely submerged", said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. "People had to be cut out".

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

"He was just straight compassion and loyalty" and humility, Masinter said.

Argentina's NY consulate on Monday identified one victim as Carla Vallejos Blanco, an Argentinian tourist who just celebrated her 29th birthday 10 days ago. "You should have a harness with all of these devices that requires only a fist bump to detach", Tristani said.

Cuenca del Plata University in Argentina said she studied art, design and communications.

McDaniel was visiting his longtime friend Trevor Cadigan, who had been living in NY since October 2017 after taking a job with a business magazine, Cadigan's father said. His father, Jerry, is the station's production manager. "Our hearts go out to his family and friends".

Liberty Helicopters is one of the biggest sightseeing operators in New York City. "We have been in business and flying safely for over 30 years", the website says.

Liberty has been operating charter flights since 1986, according to the company, and unfortunately, this isn't the company's first crash.

Yes, on August 8, 2009, when a Eurocopter AS350BA helicopter operated by Liberty collided with a Piper airplane, killing all nine people aboard both aircraft, according to an NTSB report.

Two years earlier, another of its helicopters crashed in the Hudson River, though all of the people aboard survived.