Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

2 dead, 1 rescued in New York City helicopter crash

A helicopter went down in the East River A helicopter went down in the East River Sunday night a fire official said
Rosie Leonard | 13 March, 2018, 11:29

Passengers on board the ill-fated tourist helicopter that crashed Sunday in New York City may have drowned because they couldn't unfasten their safety harnesses.

Trevor Cadigan, 26, posts story to Instagram before the helicopter crashed in the East River.

Witnesses at the scene of Sunday's crash saw a red-colored helicopter rapidly descending into the water.

Jennifer Platz, The Associated Press •.

Vance told investigators a passenger's bag may have accidentally activated the helicopter's emergency fuel shutoff switch, CNN and NY1, a NY cable news channel, reported, citing unnamed law enforcement officials.

The exact cause of Sunday's crash is not yet known.

The helicopter is being towed to an unspecified secure facility so it can be examined, the NTSB said Monday in a tweet. All of the victims were between 26 and 34 years old, according to the New York Police Department.

Mr Cadigan was a video journalist from Dallas but had recently moved to NY, where he had just finished an internship with news website Business Insider. He previously freelanced with an entertainment and culture site that was managed by the Dallas Morning News. His father is the station's production manager.

The charter helicopter was hired for a photo shoot.

According to NYPD Lt. Thomas Antonetti, the crash happened about 7 p.m. during a tour. The pilot was heard on an emergency radio transmission saying there was an engine failure.

The pilot reported "an engine failure over the East River" and referenced a hotel.

"We need to know before we get in the chopper how to get ourselves out quickly", Adams said. "You could clearly see they were searching", she said. "It was a great tragedy that we had here".

Investgators from the US National Transport Safety Board are expected on the scene early on Monday.

Vance headed to the river to avoid crashing on a crowded street, but was the only person aboard to escape before the chopper filled with water and sank.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

Stills from footage posted on social media showing the helicopter hitting the water. The pilot was the lone survivor after he was able to free himself.

New York Senator Charles Schumer has called for the operating certificate of Liberty Helicopter, the company which owned the doomed aircraft, to be suspended, as it is revealed this is the company's third crash in just 11 years. A tourist from Argentina and two employees of Liberty Helicopters, the company running the tour, also died.

It is reportedly upside down in the water.

A crash in October 2011 in the East River killed a British woman visiting the city for her 40th birthday. One injured eight people including some banking executives.

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