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Pilot 'reported engine failure' just before NY helicopter crash

Pilot 'reported engine failure' just before NY helicopter crash

A Dallas firefighter and a NY journalist with ties to North Texas died Sunday night when a helicopter in which they were taking a tour of the city crashed into the East River.

Pilot Richard Vance, 33, was the only person to come out alive when the chopper crashed into the East River on Sunday evening.

One of the passengers who died on that helicopter that crashed into NYC's East River captured the aircraft's takeoff and posted it moments before they went down. Liberty Helicopters said in a statement on their website. "They worked very quickly, as fast as they could", Nigro said.

The NYC Ferry said late Sunday on Twitter that service on the Astoria and East River routes was now suspended until further notice because of the helicopter crash.

Witnesses told NY1 that they saw the helicopter drop into the water, submerge and turn onto its side.

John Dellaportas, president of a group that has advocated for restrictions on helicopter flights around the city, said safety of the flights is a major issue.

The National Transportation Safety Board, the federal agency that investigates civil aviation accidents, sent 14 officials to the city on Monday to determine the cause of the crash.

The helicopter became almost completely submerged in water. Source Twitter  John J. Magerssize=O
The helicopter became almost completely submerged in water. Source Twitter John J. Magerssize=O

Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter shows a red helicopter land hard in the water and then tip over as its rotors slap at the water.

The US Coast Guard said six people were onboard the helicopter after sending three rescue boats to the scene to help authorities with the search. It's reportedly upside down in the river. The FAA reports he is a certified helicopter pilot and instructor.

"I don't think Liberty should be flying right now", he said. "You should have a harness with all of these devices that requires only a fist bump to detach", Tristani said.

At least two people are dead after a helicopter crashed Sunday in New York City.

The five people who were killed in a helicopter crash just off the Manhattan shore over the weekend have been identified. Although the pilot appeared to manage the landing fairly well, the helicopter soon toppled over and capsized, leaving the pilot and five passengers secured to their seats and submerged under water.

"It's a great tragedy", said New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro at a press conference on Sunday.

A Reuters photographer witnessed three people recovered by rescue divers being wheeled on stretchers onto a midtown pier shortly before 9 p.m. Emergency personnel attempted to resuscitate them, but their condition was not clear.





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