5 killed in helicopter crash into New York City's East River
5 killed in helicopter crash into New York City's East River
The pilot was the only survivor of the crash
13 March, 2018, 09:44
No one answered an email Monday to Vance, 33, a licensed commercial pilot for seven years who's also licensed as a flight instructor.
A senior law enforcement official told CNN that Vance believed one of the passengers' bags may have accidentally struck the chopper's emergency fuel shutoff button, which could have led to the crash, something that was not confirmed nor addressed by Dinh-Zarr.
He reported "an engine failure over the East River" and referenced a hotel, while the person at the other end of the transmission had trouble making out what the pilot was saying.
All five passengers on board died, while the pilot, managing to free himself as the chopper sank, survived. "We had talked about, once he got back from his trip, meeting up for beers and just catching up", said Nevitt.
"It's a great tragedy that we had occur here on an otherwise quiet Sunday evening", Nigro added.
Argentina's NY consulate said Monday that Carla Vallejos Blanco was one of the victims in the crash Sunday night.
McDaniel, 26, worked the "C-shift" at DFR Station 36 in West Dallas.
The pair went to Bishop Lynch High School together and both graduated in 2010.
Yellow buoys that a NY police officer said are suspending a helicopter that crashed into the East River. Another passenger flashed a thumbs up.
Two helicopter employees - Daniel Thompson, 34, and Tristan Hill, 29 (PICTURED) were also killed.
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Liberty Helicopters is one of the biggest sightseeing operators in New York City.
The helicopter crash landed in the East River, flipped upside down and then submerged into the cold water, authorities said. But when it went down, the open doors allowed the interior to fill quickly with water. But the pilot appeared on the surface, holding onto a flotation device as a tugboat and then police boats approached.
"It's cold water. It was sinking really fast", said Mary Lee, 66.
"By the time we got out here, we couldn't see it. It was under water".
The passengers were on a sightseeing photo shoot tour of New York City on the helicopter, which was operated by Liberty Helicopter Tours. The agency said it was investigating.
This however is the company's third crash in 11 years. Three subsequent maintenance violations in 2011 and 2012 didn't result in any fines.
All five passengers aboard the Liberty Helicopters chopper were killed in the crash.
Another longtime friend, Joe Masinter, said McDaniel was a friend so caring that he called Masinter's mother and send her flowers when she had surgery.
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