Pilot Who Survived NY Helicopter Crash Is From Connecticut

Pilot Who Survived NY Helicopter Crash Is From Connecticut

Pilot Who Survived NY Helicopter Crash Is From Connecticut

A coroner has ruled that the five passengers who died in a helicopter crash in New York City on Sunday all died as a result of accidental drowning.

In a radio call to LaGuardia Airport, the pilot said the chopper was experiencing an engine failure.

According to The Associated Press, he told authorities that a passenger's bag may have hit an emergency fuel shutoff switch in the moments before the helicopter went down.

The pilot was able to free himself and was brought to shore by a tug boat. The red helicopter, which had been privately chartered for a photo shoot, hit the water and turned upside down at about 7 p.m. EDT (23 GMT) near the northern end of Roosevelt Island, just east of Manhattan.

Based on the video of the crash, Robb speculated that one of the floats on the helicopter did not activate, which may have caused it to turn sideways in the water.

Witnesses on a waterfront esplanade near where the aircraft went down said the helicopter was flying noisily, then suddenly dropped into the water and quickly submerged. His current commercial pilot license was issued in September 2011, according to FAA records.

Vance's LinkedIn page says he has been working for Liberty since April 2016.

The video shows a curved cutter located on the harness's left shoulder strap being used to cut through a strap connecting the harness to the helicopter.

He added: "There's no way those people could've gotten out of the helicopter". Before the flights took off and as he was getting his camera gear ready, Adams said he talked to two young men whom he believes were among the victims. Early Monday, a New York Police spokesman confirmed that all five passengers had died.

The pilot was rescued by a tugboat, but emergency divers had to remove the passengers from tight safety harnesses while they were upside down, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. "We had talked about, once he got back from his trip, meeting up for beers and just catching up", said Nevitt.

The identities of the victims are still pending.

A private tugboat was the first vessel on scene. FDNY marine units and NYPD harbor units were at the scene soon after.

The helicopter was recovered in the rescue operation and towed to a pier.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but local media indicated the pilot had sent a distress signal that mentioned an engine problem shortly before the crash.

Sunday's crash killed all five passengers.

He tweeted his condolences to the victims Sunday night.

In interviews with police, the 33-year-old Vance said he could not figure out what was wrong with the aircraft until he saw one of the passengers' harnesses strangling the fuel line.

As many as six people might have been on board at the time of the crash.

A helicopter is hoisted by crane from the East River onto a barge, Monday in NY. Crashes are not uncommon.

A number of plane and helicopter crashes over New York City's East River and Hudson River have claimed lives in the past several years. Three other passengers were injured. In June 2005, two helicopters crashed into the East River in the same week, injuring a total of 15 people.

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