Journalist, firefighter among those killed when helicopter crashed into NY river

Journalist, firefighter among those killed when helicopter crashed into NY river

Journalist, firefighter among those killed when helicopter crashed into NY river

The National Transportation Safety Board said it would look at the switch, the chopper's flotation devices and even the photos on passengers' cameras to figure out what caused the crash Sunday in New York's East River.

In audio of the incident obtained by LiveATC.net, the pilot of the aircraft can be heard requesting to issue a mayday from the LaGuardia Air Traffic Control due to an engine failure moments before the helicopter went down into the East River, just north of Roosevelt Island.

The FAA said the Eurocopter AS350 went down just after 7 p.m. near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence.

Witnesses told local media that the helicopter appeared to fill with water quickly.

All five passengers of a privately chartered helicopter that crashed into New York's Hudson river have died, with only the pilot surviving. "We don't have a great deal to report yet, but will provide regular updates".

Cadigan, also 26, had most recently been an intern at Business Insider until a few weeks ago.

Nine people were killed in 2009, when a helicopter and a private plane crashed over the Hudson River; according to investigators, the helicopter had been flying too high. Previously, a Liberty aircraft collided with another helicopter shortly after takeoff at New York's West 30th Street Heliport on March 22, 2008. Two of the five passengers were pronounced dead at the scene and the other three were hospitalized in critical condition before succumbing to their injuries.

Video taken by a bystander showed the red helicopter descending slowly into the water, before listing on to its righthand side.

The pilot of the Liberty Helicopters" flight has been taken to hospital "for observation'.

"The pilot knew what to do because he wears that harness everyday", said ABC News aviation expert Steve Ganyard.

Mr McDaniel had been with the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department since May 2016 because he "wanted to help people", according to childhood friend Cole Collins, also from Dallas.

The official said it was not clear exactly when yellow inflatable pontoons on the helicopter began inflating and why they did not keep the helicopter afloat.

They were identified by a police source as Brian McDaniel, a firefighter from Dallas; Trevor Cadigan, a video journalist originally from Dallas; Carla Vallejos Blanco, a tourist from Argentina and two helicopter employees, Tristan Hill and Daniel Thompson.

All passengers were "tightly harnessed" and needed to be cut out of the copter.

"It was sinking really fast", witness Mary Lee, 66, told the New York Post.

The cause of the crash has not been officially determined. "These agencies have asked us to respect the investigative process by referring all press inquiries to them for any further comment". In June 2005, two helicopters crashed into the East River in the same week.

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