Monday, 19 November, 2018

Five dead in NY river helicopter crash

Twitter footage captured the moment a helicopter crashed into the East River Twitter footage captured the moment a helicopter crashed into the East River
Pablo Mccormick | 14 March, 2018, 00:23

As for what caused the helicopter to go down, a source familiar with the investigation says the pilot told police he observed a "tether from a front passenger's harness wrapped around the fuel shut off lever, which had accidentally cut off fuel supply to the engine resulting in engine failure".

The official was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly about it and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The FAA said that the National Transportation Safety Board will work to determine the probable cause of the incident.

NTSB member Bella Dinh-Zarr said the agency hasn't spoken to the pilot but hopes to do so.

News reports indicate that the pilot reported engine failure in a mayday call immediately before the crash.

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.

One person was removed from the helicopter, authorities said. Only the pilot, identified by media outlets as 33-year-old Richard Vance, survived. As Cadigan grins widely into the camera, he angles his phone to show McDaniel sitting just behind him. But the pilot appeared on the surface, holding onto a flotation device as a tugboat and then police boats approached.

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That proposal, Foster said, was "entirely unacceptable" and represented "an act of bad faith on the part of Brussels". Ending his own speech by slapping the table in front of him, Juncker said: "We need to focus on our European future".

The identities of the victims of the helicopter crash were confirmed Monday by investigators.

Helicopter owner Liberty Helicopters is referring all inquiries to investigators. Adams said he hoped the FAA and NTSB would take a close look at the harnesses and implement changes to improve safety and training ahead of flights.

The charter helicopter was hired for a photo shoot.

A helicopter on a sightseeing tour of Manhattan crashed into the Hudson River in July 2007, shaking up the eight people aboard but injuring no-one. A review of FAA records shows that there were no fatal injuries in accidents between 2010 and past year.

The helicopter was upside down and submerged when emergency responders reached it, authorities said.

Video shows the dramatic moment the helicopter landed in the water, flipped, and then began to sink into the 39-degree waters.

The crash also killed Daniel Thompson, who was a singer for the Young New Yorkers Chorus, and Carla Vallejos Blanco, a tourist from Argentina.

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McDaniel was a firefighter in Dallas who'd gone to high school with Cadigan and was in NY visiting him over the weekend, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

"It took a while for the divers to get these people out", he said. "Our hearts go out to his family and friends", the company said in a statement.

McDaniel and Cadigan were best friends and McDaniel had been visiting Cadigan this weekend in New York, KXAS-TV reported.

"He was a smart, talented, and ambitious young journalist and producer who was well-liked and made a big contribution", the news site said in a statement.

In 2016, Cadigan graduated from Southern Methodist University.

Cadigan was the son of Jerry Cadigan, the production manager for WFAA in Dallas, and had interned at WFAA previously.

Argentina's NY consulate said Monday that Carla Vallejos Blanco was one of the victims in the crash Sunday night.

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The protest at Manchester Piccadilly forced the cancellation of a number of services, while others had delays of up to 90 minutes. Hours earlier pro-Kurdish demonstrators jumped onto the tracks at Manchester Piccadilly station, forcing the station to shut.

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