NTSB Issues Report On Fatal New York City Helicopter Crash That Killed 2 From Dallas

L.P. Phillips
January 24, 2020 - 2:02 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a final report on a New York City helicopter crash that killed five, including two Dallas men.

The photographic tour was operated by Liberty Helicopters Inc. per a contractual agreement with NYONair.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of the March 11, 2018 flight to be "Liberty Helicopters Inc.'s use of an NYONair-provided passenger harness/tether system, which caught on and activated the floor-mounted engine fuel shutoff lever and resulted in the inflight loss of engine power and the subsequent ditching." the report says.

Contributing to the accident were (1) Liberty's and NYONair's deficient safety management, which did not adequately mitigate foreseeable risks associated with the harness/tether system interfering with the floor-mounted controls and hindering passenger egress; (2) Liberty allowing NYONair to influence the operational control of Liberty's FlyNYON flights; and (3) the Federal Aviation Administration's inadequate oversight of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 revenue passengercarrying operations. " according to the report.

The NTSB goes on to say the rapid capsizing of the helicopter was due to the partial inflation of the emergency flotation system. The report goes on to blame the harness system for hindering passengers who were trying to get out of the submerged chopper.

Among the dead were Dallas firefighter Brian McDaniel and his friend, former Channel 8 intern Trevor Cadigan.

The pilot was the only one to survive the crash.