NTSB Releases Report On Deadly NY Helicopter Crash

Austin York
March 27, 2018 - 5:49 am
HELICOPTER CRASH IN EAST RIVER

Credit: Daniel Bender/USCG/Sipa Press

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on what caused the helicopter crash in New York City that killed five people, including two men from Dallas.

The pilot was the only survivor and was interviewed for the report. He was taking passengers on a doors-off photography helicopter flight before it lost engine power and crashed into the East River, rolling over.

The report suggests the pilot had a chance to put the helicopter down after he began to experience problems in Central Park, but decided against it because he said there were too many people nearby, something Aviation expert Denny Kelly says was a mistake.

He says he also should have turned the fuel lever on sooner than he did.

Dallas firefighter Brian McDaniel, 26; and journalist Trevor Cadigan were among those who were killed.