Five dead in Helicopter crash at NYC river

Category : USA News
Updated On : March 13, 2018 12:50 PM
Five dead in Helicopter crash at NYC river By Indian Times Daily

Five people have been died as a helicopter crashed into the east river of New York City.

The pilot managed to free himself and was rescued by a passing tugboat after the helicopter crashed near Roosevelt Island.

Divers pulled the five passengers from the aircraft, but two died at the scene while the other three died in hospital.

US media report that a passenger's bag may have accidentally hit the fuel shutoff button of the helicopter.

Police commissioner James O'Neill told reporters it had been privately leased by a group of photographers.

New York media identified the pilot as Richard Vance, 33, who was treated and released from hospital.

He had worked for the New Jersey-based company Liberty Helicopters for "a couple years", his father Anthony Vance said.


Quoting police sources,  the five dead identified as Trevor Cadigan, a video journalist from Dallas, Texas, Brian McDaniel, a Texas fireman, Argentine tourist Carla Vallejos Blanco, and two helicopter employees, Daniel Thompson and Tristan Hill.

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