Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

2 dead in chopper crash in New York City's East River

2 dead in chopper crash in New York City's East River

A passenger on another FlyNYON helicopter tour taking place at the same time as the crash said on Twitter on Sunday night that he had been with the victims during a safety briefing and as they boarded.

A police source told the New York Daily News that the other three victims were Carla Vallejos Blanco, a tourist from Argentina, and two helicopter employees, Tristan Hill and Daniel Thompson.

Brian McDaniel, an officer with Dallas Fire-Rescue.

The wreckage of a chartered Liberty Helicopters helicopter that crashed into the East River is hoisted from the water in NY on March 12.

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Vance "freed himself" and was cut out of a harness by personnel on an FDNY boat, Fire Department of New York City Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

A pilot was the sole survivor of a deadly helicopter crash on Sunday evening. One of the men behind him flashes him a thumbs-up. "They died because they drowned, whether they were trapped and couldn't get their harnesses undone".

Witnesses on a waterfront esplanade near where the aircraft went down said the helicopter was flying noisily, then suddenly dropped into the water and quickly submerged.

Liberty Helicopters is one of the biggest sightseeing operators in New York City.

As we reported, the chopper crashed Sunday and slammed down into the river, killing all 5 passengers.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

Video of the incident filmed by an onlooker and posted on Twitter showed a red helicopter descending toward the water at dusk, then landing with a large splash before tipping onto its right side, its tail lights still flashing.

NEW YORK, New York - A Texas firefighter, an Argentine woman and a video journalist were among five passengers killed when a helicopter plunged into New York City's East River, with the pilot reporting the engine had failed.

NTSB member Bella Dinh-Zarr said the agency hasn't spoken to the pilot but hopes to do so.

"It's cold water. It was sinking really fast", Mary Lee, 66, told the New York Post.

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

@cnn @FoxNews just witnessed a helicopter crash into the East River. hope everyone's ok. No one was injured in the crash.

Fire and police teams worked in below-40-degree temperatures and 50-foot-deep water with 4-mph currents to remove the passengers from the helicopter, said Nigro, the fire commissioner.

Richards says as the National Transportation Safety Board begins it's investigation, it's going to look at aircraft records and determine whether there was a mechanical failure.

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