All 5 passengers killed in East River helicopter crash ID'd

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

The Coast Guard said, "Five people have been recovered by New York City Police Department and the New York City Fire Department divers and their conditions are now unknown".

At least two of the passengers were dead by the time rescue divers arrived, police and fire department officials said.

Names of the victims and the pilot have not yet been released. The pilot of the helicopter survived but remains in the hospital with serious injuries, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday afternoon.

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Rescue teams worked in below-40-degree temperatures and 50-foot-deep water with 4-mph currents to remove the passengers from the helicopter.

"It took awhile for the drivers to get these people out". "It was a great tragedy that we had here".

Witnesses told NY1 that they saw the helicopter drop into the water, submerge and turn onto its side.

Other questions have been raised about the helicopter itself, which should have been equipped with floats when operating around water. "I don't think Liberty should be flying until we get to the bottom of this".

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Calls to Liberty Helicopter seeking comment on the crash were not immediately returned.

Authorities identified Monday the five people who died in a helicopter crash in New York City's East River Sunday evening.

He said military pilots are usually trained in what's called a "helo dunker", in which pilots practice getting out of harnesses while submerged in water and flipped upside down. Tragically, their flight only lasted 11 minutes.

Cuenca del Plata University in Argentina said she studied art, design and communications. "Just figuring out what to expect". The other victims were Daniel Thompson, 34, and Tristian Hill, 29, according to police.

She expects that the NTSB would be on site for five to seven days, investigating air traffic control, operations, airworthiness, survival factors, power plants and weather with Todd Gunther, a senior aviation investigator with 30 years of experience, at the helm. He and others on the helicopter were on a professional photography mission using the aircraft.

Soon after the helicopter went down, a series of dispatches captured in real-time over FDNY's scanners by Broadcastify.com broke down the initial emergency response. In July 2007 one of its helicopters went down in the Hudson with a pilot and seven passengers aboard, all of whom were rescued. At a news conference, Nigro announced that the pilot is "okay".

Sources told ABC's "Good Morning America" that the passengers were harnessed in tightly because they wanted the doors open to shoot photos. Adams said the video indicated passengers had two options for escaping the harnesses, cutting loose with a knife and unhooking a tether attached to their backs.

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