Two with Texas ties among the dead in NYC helicopter crash

Two with Texas ties among the dead in NYC helicopter crash

The Eurocopter AS350 helicopter went down about 7 p.m.in the water near New York's mayoral residence.

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.

Bella Dinh-Zarr, a Board Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, confirmed the pilot had radioed Air Traffic Control, declaring an emergency due to engine failure.

The pilot freed himself and was rescued by a tugboat. Chuck Schumer said federal regulators should suspend flights by the helicopter's owner until the facts of the crash are known.

The pilot was released from the hospital late Sunday night, sources tell NY1. Providing sightseeing trips since 1990, the company advertises "unparalleled safety records". FlyNYON, a New Jersey company that runs the tours, was also unreachable.

Police and fire department divers pulled the five passengers from the helicopter. "[McDaniel] decided he wanted to help people" and set out to do it, said Cole Collins, a childhood friend from Dallas. "They worked very quickly, as fast as they could", Nigro said. "We don't have a great deal to report yet, but will provide regular updates".

The Liberty Helicopters aircraft landed in the water at around 7pm.

A floating crane slowly raised the submerged helicopter to the surface Monday and towed it off to be examined, as Democratic New York Sen.

"Someone climbed out of the helicopter and then was on top of the yellow raft".

News footage showed one victim being loaded into an ambulance while emergency workers gave him chest compressions.

Sunday's crash killed all five passengers aboard.

Liberty Helicopters posted a statement on its website, saying it is "focused on supporting the families affected by this tragic accident and on fully cooperating with the FAA and NTSB investigations". Two victims died at the scene. "They were super excited about it".




"One of the most hard parts of the rescue were that five people were tightly harnessed ... people had to be cut out", Mr Nigro said.

The helicopter was being chartered for a photo shoot when it went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence. "My thoughts are with those killed", Magers said.

When he was over the water, he looked down to shut off the fuel lever, but saw that it had already been depressed.

Questions were raised Monday about whether the pilot could have saved, or tried to save, his passengers.

All of the FlyNYON passengers were secured to their aircraft with harnesses, and Adams said he was wearing a regular seatbelt as well. On their back, between their shoulder blades, was a metal ring attached to a carabiner and tethered to the floor.

"The reality of why they died wasn't because of impact or trauma", Richards said. "But you're also belted in". Not even me, and this is my third time....

Commercial helicopters typically have the switch in case the engine catches fire, according to Jeremy Conley, a flight instructor at Helicopter Flight Training Inc.in Ronkonkoma, New York.

The flight lasted just 11 minutes. McDaniel flashed a thumbs up. The video captures a view of a river and a bridge, the sun setting in the distance. Those three were all pronounced dead in the hospital, fire officials said early Monday. The victims included a Dallas firefighter and an SMU journalism graduate.

"It's just tough not being able to speak to anyone or not having any information", Howard said.

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

The helicopter, which was carrying six people at the time of the incident, was operated by Liberty Helicopters and was being used for a private photo shoot. The crash drew crowds of people to the waterfront.

And in 2009, Capt. All 155 people on board survived the episode, which was depicted in the 2016 movie "Sully", starring Tom Hanks.

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