Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Reno man dies in NY chopper crash, reports say

Reno man dies in NY chopper crash, reports say

Investigators recovered a flight data recorder and a GoPro camera Tuesday as they tried to determine the cause of a deadly helicopter crash in New York City's East River and figure out whether passengers' harnesses hindered their escape from the sinking aircraft.

The pilot may have gotten himself free because he knew what to do in that situation, ABC News reported.

NTSB spokeswoman Bella Dinh-Zarr said at a press conference this afternoon that the crash occurred at 7:08 p.m. ET Sunday and her team "will be looking at other sister helicopters and see if this helicopter's harnesses were functioning and if the passengers were using them".

Former NTSB managing director, Peter Goelz, said that it's not uncommon for there to be more helicopter crashes than airplane crashes as "helicopter companies tend to have higher rates of accidents than fixed-wing operations, in part because they're harder to fly".

"We negotiated a deal that successfully cut in half the number of tourism helicopter flights leaving from New York City heliports".

"That's when it kind of really dawned: That helicopter isn't coming back", Adams said.

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National Transportation Safety Board investigators cautioned that their probe was just getting underway. Chuck Schumer said federal regulators should suspend flights by the helicopter's owner until the facts of the crash are known.

The 26-year-old journalist started out with WFAA-TV in Dallas, and had relocated to New York City for his big break last year.

"I'm shocked by the tethering and the lack of a quick release", said Shawn Coyle, a helicopter pilot, safety consultant and author of books on flying.

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. Investigators say a strap from a passenger's safety harness may have inadvertently wrapped around a fuel shut-off lever, resulting in engine failure which sent the aircraft plunging into the frigid water.

"He was very enthusiastic and was certainly an overachiever", Sara Silverstein, a Business Insider editor said on the company's website.

Liberty Helicopters describes itself as "the largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter service in New York City".

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The helicopter that crashed on Sunday is now at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

Brendan describes his brother, 29-year-old Tristan, as an adrenaline junkie. Two were pronounced dead at the scene, while three were removed in critical condition and later died in a hospital.

In a brief video posted on Cadigan's Instagram account, the pair can be seen sitting in the chopper as it appears to lift off.

The doomed passengers of the helicopter that crashed on Sunday were trapped upside down by their harnesses in the craft as it sank to the bottom of the East River.

In 2009 one of its choppers collided with a small plane, killing nine people.

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