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October 5th, 2011
03:02 PM ET

NTSB Team Investigates Deadly Helicopter Accident in New York City

Federal investigators on Tuesday were on the scene of a deadly helicopter crash in New York City. A chopper containg four tourists and a pilot plunged into the east river yesterday afternoon, just seconds after takeoff. Three passangers and the pilot were able to be rescued from the water. A fourth passanger, however, was killed after reportedly being trapped in the backseat of the helicopter and was unable to escape the craft as it inverted and sank.

Ali Velshi spoke to NTSB board member Mark Rosekind to get the latest on the ongoing investigation into this deadly chopper crash.

Filed under: Aviation
October 5th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

Are we headed for a double-dip recession? Jeffrey Sachs explains

The United States is still the best place in the world to prosper. But in recent years things have gotten tougher for the average American. Sky-high unemployment, a collpased housing market, and stagnating wages have hit the middle class hard. And the government is struggling to respond to these challenges.

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute and author of "The Price of Civilization," sat down with Christine Romans to asses the state of America's middle class and the possibility of a double-dip recession.

Filed under: Double-dip • Economy
October 5th, 2011
11:52 AM ET

Occupy Wall Street gaining strength – could this be the beginning of a new political movement?

The "Occupy Wall Street" campaign, which began September 17th, has spread across the country. Many are saying this could be the making of a new political movement, possibly the liberal verison on the Tea Party movement.

At this point the "Occupy Wall Street" movement doesn't have one clear mission statement, but that hasn't stopped people from wondering if, with fresh union support, if the protests will turn into something more.

On American Morning this morning, Georgetown University history professor Michael Kazin talks with Carol Costello about what it would take to turn the energy in these crowds into a political movement.

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street • Politics
October 5th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Four NYPD officers talk about responding to helicopter crashes in NYC's East River

A helicopter carrying five people on a private tour for a birthday celebration crashed into New York City's East River on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after takeoff from a riverbank heliport. One passenger was killed, and three others were injured.

Lt. Lawrence Serras of the New York Police Department happened to be nearby when the accident happened. His team was conducting a counter-terrorism exercise in the area when they received the call. Serras and his colleagues, Det. Keith Connelly,
Officer Jason Gregory and Detective Kenneth Fehn immediately jumped into the water with flotation devices and were able to help bring three people to shore.

The officers all join Ali Velshi on American Morning to discuss the rescue.

Filed under: Aviation • First responders
October 5th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

With Christie officially out, which candidate could benefit the most?

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came out in Trenton yesterday to finally announce (again) that he will not be running for president.

"I've explored the options and listened to so many people and considered whether this was something that I needed to take on," Christie said in a statement. "But in the end, what I've always felt was the right decision remains the right decision today. Now is not my time. I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon."

Now that Christie is out - for certain - what does the GOP field look like and will anyone else join the race? Many are saying this is going to be great news for Mitt Romney who is leading the polls by almost ten points. Will we finally see the weight of the republican party put behind one of the current candidates?

Politico's Maggie Haberman and Jeff Zeleny from The New York Times talk to American Morning about the GOP field.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP
October 5th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Aviation expert looks at possible causes of tragic New York helicopter crash

A helicopter crashed Tuesday in New York's East River near midtown Manhattan as it approached a helipad for a landing, killing a woman who was on board and injuring four other people. 

The woman who was killed was trapped in the backseat of the Bell 206 chopper and was the sole passenger unable to escape the craft as it inverted and sank, according to officials and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Two of the injured were transferred to the city's Bellevue Hospital suffering from cardiac and respiratory arrest, said New York Fire Department spokesman Jim Long. Another man was listed in serious condition and was transferred to New York University Medical Center, he said.

This Morning, Carol Costello talks with aviation expert and helicopter pilot Robert Tur to explain what could have happened to cause the crash.

Filed under: Aviation
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