The pilot was taking five people on a photo tour of the city when the chopper crashed. Initial reports based on an interview with the pilot suggested a passenger's personal bag may have hit the emergency fuel shutoff button accidentally before the crash, though investigators had not yet officially announced a cause. Howard said NY police confirmed his brother-in-law's death just after 2 a.m.
The NTSB says its new investigation will include an examination of the company's record. He also photographed the helicopter as they cruised over the Statue of Liberty at dusk. Vance reportedly told police a strap from passenger luggage flipped off an emergency switch, the New York Post reported.
"One of the most hard parts of the rescue were that five people were tightly harnessed", Fire Department of New York Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. He said the company had "very thorough" safety briefings with passengers before flights and had a reputation for safe travel.
"As far as I can see, everything was done appropriately and as quickly as possible".
"For about a minute and a half, no one came out of the water", Brianna Jesme told a NY1 reporter.
"It's cold water. It was sinking really fast", Mary Lee, 66, told the New York Post.
"Someone climbed out of the helicopter and then was on top of the yellow raft". Other videos show emergency responders performing CPR on a victim on a stretcher being loaded onto an ambulance.
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Photographer Eric Adams said he was in the safety briefing before the fatal flight and rode another chopper.
The crash is still under investigation.
Liberty Helicopters said in a statement it was "focused on supporting the families affected by this tragic accident", adding that it was co-operating with investigators. "They were super excited about it". "Just figuring out what to expect". No one knows what's happened.
He and others in the helicopter were on a professional photography mission when the helicopter went down. "The helicopter apparently went down". Daniel Thompson, a 34-year-old singer and president of the non-profit Young New Yorkers' Chorus, was also among the dead, according to an official with the group, as were two 26-year-old friends from Texas, Trevor Cadigan and Brian McDaniel.
"The pilot survived because the pilot has a single-point release on his seatbelt.
A police source said the helicopter may have turned over because one of the pontoons did not fully inflate.
Questions were raised Monday about whether the pilot could have saved, or tried to save, his passengers.
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"If you're a tourist off the street, and it's the first time, that's where it seems to me it triggers a much higher duty for these operators to make sure the passengers are prepared to handle that", he said. "When you're anchored at your shoulder blade, you can't reach that". The flight originated from Helo Kearny Heliport in Kearny, New Jersey, not from the 6 East River Piers as previously reported. The 26-year-old firefighter had been with the department since May 2016.
Two people died at the scene while three others failed to regain consciousness in hospital.
"He's a true f--ing pilot, so just let him be", he said.
A Westchester Knicks employee was among the five people killed in a helicopter crash in the East River on Monday. But an August 2009 collision over the Hudson River between a Liberty chopper and a small private plane killed nine people.
There, federal investigators will comb through the wreckage to figure out what sent it crashing into the East River.
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