A chartered helicopter plunged into the East River Sunday nighttime, killing passengers in a devastating crash that changed into caught on video.
3 passengers had been also harm and indexed in important circumstance. The pilot escaped alive, and emerged from the frigid water desperately yelling for help.
pictures of the deadly incident, which turned into published on social media even before the deaths have been showed, showed the copter gradually dropping altitude till it slammed into the water, bounced and tilted over before it sank.
For some seconds the rotors sliced into the water until the helicopter went below with six human beings, which include the pilot, nonetheless trapped internal.
“There were six humans at the helicopter,” said hearth Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “The pilot freed himself. the opposite five did now not. The police, hearth divers entered the water and eliminated the alternative 5.” The FDNY responded inside 5 minutes, the commissioner stated.
“The pilot is ok,” Nigro said. “He went to the sanatorium to be looked at, but he changed into able to get out.”
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the passengers had chartered the helicopter for a photo shoot.
officials said the helicopter went down in about 50 feet of water within the center of the East River, near the upper East aspect by E. 89th St., among Carl Schurz Park and Roosevelt Island, officials stated. The present day turned into shifting at four mph. “It took some time for the divers to get those people out. They labored in no time, as fast as they might.”
Nigro said the harnesses designed to be worn for protection can also have really hindered the passengers’ get away. First responders have been now not most effective operating in frigid water, but they were running in opposition to time internal a helicopter that, by the time they arrived had became upside down.
“The pilot freed himself, was taken by way of one in all our hearth boats ashore and was out on an ambulance,” Nigro introduced.
“one of the most hard elements of the operation we’re informed is the 5 human beings except the pilot had been all tightly harnessed, so these harnesses needed to be removed so that it will get these parents off of this helicopter, which became the other way up on the time.” officials said the chopper turned into owned via New Jersey-based Liberty Helicopter tours, and that it became chartered for a picture shoot.
The Kearny sightseeing operation changed into worried with a deadly midair collision over the Hudson River in August 2009 that claimed the lives of six humans, including the pilot. three more humans were killed on the unmarried-engine aircraft it hit.
Investigators concluded that the helicopter turned into flying too excessive and the pilot of the Piper PA-32R turned into distracted with the aid of a Teterboro Airport dispatcher and didn’t see the chopper, in line with countrywide Transportation protection Board facts.
In 2007, a helicopter with the same corporation crashed into the Hudson all through a excursion of the metropolis. An off-responsibility EMT on board the plane helped the passengers get away. officials said it become too early to decide what brought about Sunday’s crash.
beginner video suggests the industrial helicopter crashing into the water, its rotor still spinning, after which overturn.
“just witnessed a helicopter crash into the East River … hope everyone’s adequate. stuck it all on tape!” wrote Twitter person @JJmagers, who posted the video online just after 7:15 p.m.
Brianna Jesme, 22, who witnessed the afternoon crash, said, “It type of landed sideways and then it flipped over. there has been a good strong minute that no one got here out of the helicopter.”