Pilot 'reported engine failure' just before NY helicopter crash

Pilot 'reported engine failure' just before NY helicopter crash

Pilot 'reported engine failure' just before NY helicopter crash

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.

An investigation is already underway to determine the cause of the crash, though preliminary reports, including a statement provided by the pilot himself, seem to suggest that one of the passengers may have actually caused the crash by accidentally hitting the emergency fuel shut off button with one of their bags.

The Eurocopter AS350 helicopter had been chartered for a photo shoot, according to CBS New York.

The harnesses, which are different than traditional aircraft seat belts, are created to allow people to safely photograph from a helicopter with the doors open.

The cause of the crash Sunday hasn't been determined. In June 2005, two helicopters crashed into the East River in the same week.

Until recently, Cadigan had worked as an intern with the news site Business Insider, which in a statement described him as a "smart, talented, and ambitious young journalist".

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

Two helicopter employees - 29-year-old Tristan Hill and 34-year-old Daniel Thompson - also died.

A video posted online appeared to show the red helicopter descending into the water, its spinning blades chopping the river as it tipped over.

Video shows the dramatic moment the helicopter landed in the water, flipped, and then began to sink into the 39-degree waters.

Schumer said Monday the tour and charter company shouldn't fly until officials "get to the bottom of this".

A pilot can free themselves by pulling one lever inside the aircraft, however the passengers all had harnesses that tied them inside with more than a usual seat belt since the group was on a photography mission with the doors removed.

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Dallas Fire-Rescue officials say Brian McDaniel was on vacation in NY when the helicopter went down on Sunday.

"It's cold water. It was sinking really fast", Mary Lee, 66, told the New York Post. The audio revealed that the helicopter was upside down in the water as rescue boats arrived at the scene.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board inspected the wreckage on Monday. "Screaming help and waving his arms like this", said Brianna Jesme and Celia Skvaril who witnessed the crash.

'We've seen many things that have happened in an airplane. One injured eight people including some banking executives.

Liberty Helicopters has been involved in at least two other crashes, according to news accounts, including a mid-air collision with a small plane in August 2009 over the Hudson River that killed nine people.

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