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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
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
11:34 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