Authorities identify 5 victims killed in NYC helicopter crash

Dallas Fire Rescue Officer Brian McDaniel

The five passengers trapped in a helicopter that ditched into the East River off NY on Sunday night may have died because they were wearing hard-to-remove harnesses.

In an audio recording of a mayday call to LaGuardia Airport, the pilot can be heard saying that the helicopter was experiencing engine failure.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board was conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash. Two of the passengers were pronounced dead in the initial hours after the crash, while three others remained in hospitals in critical condition.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the rescue was hampered by the fact that the passengers were tightly harnessed. They said they were able to finally interview the surviving pilot Richard Vance. 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.

The NTSB says its new investigation will include an examination of the company's record.

Following Sunday's deadly helicopter crash in the East River, aviation experts are decrying the harnesses used by doors-off photography excursions such as those used by the tour provider involved in the crash, FlyNyon. One person was rescued by a tugboat and five others were "recovered by divers", it said.

Trevor Cadigan
Trevor Cadigan

A haunting video shows the inside of a helicopter moments before it crashed in NY, killing all five passengers.

Photographer Eric Adams said he was in the safety briefing before the fatal flight and rode another chopper.

Liberty Helicopters employees did not respond to phone calls and emails requesting comment and several people gathered at their Kearny office after midnight Monday refused to answer questions when confronted by reporters.
He said the company had "very thorough" safety briefings with passengers before flights and had a reputation for safe travel. "All he has to do is pull up one lever and the seatbelt comes apart, and he's practiced getting in and out of the aircraft hundreds and hundreds of times and knows exactly how to do that".

"I saw like the propellers kind of stop". "My thoughts are with those killed". Vance was piloting the Eurocopter AS350 that "went down" near Roosevelt Island around 7 p.m. EST and was the only survivor of the crash. On their back, between their shoulder blades, was a metal ring attached to a carabiner and tethered to the floor. "When you're anchored at your shoulder blade, you can't reach that".

Commercial helicopters typically have the switch in case the engine catches fire, according to Jeremy Conley, a flight instructor at Helicopter Flight Training Inc.in Ronkonkoma, New York.

As we reported, the chopper crashed Sunday and slammed down into the river, killing all 5 passengers.

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