Five dead in NY river helicopter crash

Rescue units are seen staging by the East River after a tour helicopter crashed

Rescue units are seen staging by the East River after a tour helicopter crashed

According to sources, the pilot told police that a passenger's bag may have interfered with a fuel shutoff switch, causing the engine to fail.

"That's something we're looking into", Gunther said. Dihn-Zarr added that they planned to look into whether the Airbus Eurocopter had a history of mechanical problems.

A floating crane slowly raised the submerged helicopter to the surface Monday and towed it off to be examined, as Democratic U.S. Sen. A number of NY lawmakers are coming out calling for Liberty Helicopter's to suspend its operating license, but that maneuver can only be executed by the FAA, who says the business continues its normal operations. Owner Liberty Helicopters is referring all inquiries to investigators. "Our hearts go out to his family and friends", the company said in a statement.

Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter shows a red helicopter land hard in the water and then tip over as its rotors slap at the water.

The only person on the aircraft with access to the safety protocol in a situation like this one was Vance who "freed himself", according to ABC News. "It was a great tragedy that we had here".

Two people died at the scene while three others failed to regain consciousness in hospital.

Tristan Hill, 29, and a 29-year-old Argentine tourist, Carla Vallejos Blanco, died in the crash, NBC New York reported.

As questions continue to swirl around how and why this happened, a number of aspects of the East River helicopter crash have come under scrutiny.

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McDaniel was visiting his longtime friend Trevor Cadigan, who had been living in NY since October 2017 after taking a job with a business magazine, Cadigan's father said.

Business Insider video journalist Trevor Cadigan, 26, shared the footage on his Instagram "story" as the doomed helicopter lifted into the air for a sunset tour around the Statue of Liberty and over the city. As Cadigan grins widely into the camera, he angles his phone to show McDaniel sitting just behind him.

Liberty, which describes itself on its website as "the largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter service in the New York City area", has a fleet of 10 Airbus helicopters and has been operating them in the city since 1990. Howard said NY police confirmed his brother-in-law's death just after 2 a.m. The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water killing several passengers, officials said.

Eric Adams, from western Pennsylvania, was some of the last people to see the victims of the doomed helicopter flight alive.

Police and fire department divers pulled the five passengers from the helicopter.

The Federal Aviation Administration has no record of any accidents or incidents involving the helicopter that crashed or Vance, according to Jim Peters, an Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson.

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are conducting an investigation into the causes of the crash.

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