Five Dead In NYC Helicopter Crash

New York helicopter crash

On Company videos "FlyNyon" advertises their "8-point safety harnesses" specially created to keep passengers securely strapped to the helicopter, allowing them to dangle from the doorless craft snapping photos hundreds of feet above New York City.

McDaniel, 26, was a member of the Dallas Fire-Rescue, WFAA reported.

"They've been looked at as a model for how to do this safely and they've taken several thousands of people up on these doors-off experience flights without an incident", Isler said.

"He was very enthusiastic and was certainly an overachiever", Sara Silverstein, a Business Insider editor said on the company's website. "It was a great tragedy that we had here".

Authorities said that the safety harnesses in the helicopter that were created to protect passengers meant they were unable to free themselves and escape the aircraft. But the pilot appeared on the surface, holding onto a flotation device as the tugboat and then police boats approached.

Physical examination of the accident helicopter at New York Police Department's Aviation Unit headquarters in Brooklyn by airworthiness, powerplant, and survival factors investigator Engine was prepared for removal and teardown Helicopter structure and systems examined by airworthiness investigators. "By the time we got out here, we couldn't see it". Other videos show emergency responders performing CPR on a victim on a stretcher being loaded onto an ambulance. Divers discovered them still strapped to the helicopter by their harnesses and had to cut them loose.

"The floats did inflate as you may have seen from the helicopter being pulled up".

Video posted to Instagram less than 24 hours earlier shows McDaniel sitting behind Trevor Cadigan, the longtime friend he was visiting in New York City, as they took off in a helicopter for a photoshoot flight over the New York City skyline.

The company has been involved in at least two other crashes, according to news accounts. "Anybody who lives in NY sees there are helicopters on Sundays". Crashes are not unheard of. Daniel Thompson, a 34-year-old singer and president of the non-profit Young New Yorkers' Chorus, was also among the dead, according to an official with the group, as were two 26-year-old friends from Texas, Trevor Cadigan and Brian McDaniel. Three other passengers were injured.

Pilot Richard Vance, 33, was the only person to come out alive when the chopper crashed into the East River on Sunday evening.

The charter service, Liberty Helicopters, has been involved in two other high-profile crashes in NY.

Eight people were onboard, but no one was seriously hurt.

The Washington Post informed that a helicopter carrying six passengers sent out a mayday shortly after takeoff.

Nigro and Police Commissioner James O'Neill said the rescue operation Sunday took place in a 4 miles per hour current in water about 50 feet (15 meters) deep, under challenging conditions.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

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