SI tugboat first to respond to East River helicopter crash

SI tugboat first to respond to East River helicopter crash

"It was a doors-off flight, with harnesses", he wrote on Twitter. He says it looks like they deployed, but possibly not all of them until after the crash. Vance, 33, told investigators he believed a passenger's bag hit the fuel cut-off switch with a piece of equipment, which may have caused the engine to sputter and the chopper to plunge into the river.

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

Sunday's crash killed all five passengers.

Emergency divers had to get the passengers out of tight safety harnesses while they were upside down, fire department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. The red helicopter, which had been privately chartered for a photo shoot, hit the water and turned upside down at about 7 p.m. EDT (23 GMT) near the northern end of Roosevelt Island, just east of Manhattan.

Instead, his body was flown back from New York City after Sunday's deadly helicopter crash.

"We need to know before we get in the chopper how to get ourselves out quickly", Adams said.

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

'I have personally not seen this type of accident happen, ' she said about whether she had ever heard of a helicopter shutting down because someone pulled the wrong switch.

In 2009, a sightseeing helicopter of the same model and operated by the same company as the one involved in Sunday's crash collided with a small, private plane over the Hudson River, killing nine people, including a group of Italian tourists. It ended a few weeks ago. His profile on the site says he was originally from Dallas.

He had been working as a video journalist for Business Insider in NY since October.

The owner, Liberty Helicopters, referred all inquiries to federal authorities.

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Meanwhile, a recording has emerged of the mayday call made by Mr Vance, where there appears to be a delay before the receiver of his call realises the gravity of the situation. The pilot alone was able to free himself. All five passengers died.

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

Argentina's NY consulate said Monday that Carla Vallejos Blanco was one of the victims in the crash Sunday night.

A spokesman for the New York City Police Department confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press early Monday morning.

The flight took off from Kearney, New Jersey.

Liberty Helicopters describes itself on its website as "the largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter service in New York City".

A 14-member team from the National Transportation Safety Board is beginning its investigation into what, exactly, caused the crash.

'One of the most hard parts of the operation, we're told, was the five people, besides the pilot, were all tightly harnessed, ' said Commissioner Nigro. The FAA called it a Eurocopter AS350.

Liberty organizes aerial tours of America's financial capital.

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

All five passengers have been killed in a helicopter crash into New York City's East River.

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