A young news reporter, a firefighter and a tourist from Argentina were among the five passengers who died in a helicopter crash in New York's East River on Sunday night.
New York Senator Charles Schumer has called for the operating certificate of Liberty Helicopter, the company which owned the doomed aircraft, to be suspended, as it is revealed this is the company's third crash in just 11 years.
At least two of the passengers were dead by the time rescue divers arrived, police and fire department officials said.
Fire and police teams worked in below-40-degree temperatures and 50-foot-deep water with 4-mph currents to remove the passengers from the helicopter, said Nigro, the fire commissioner.
The pilot was able to free himself and was brought to shore by a tug boat. Vance, 33, received a commercial pilot license in September 2011 to operate rotorcraft and instrument helicopters, according to the FAA.
The harness is one of several equipment issues being investigated after the fatal crash.
The NTSB says its new investigation will include an examination of the company's record.
The company has not yet responded to requests for comment.
Sunday's crash is not the first for Liberty Helicopters.
"One of the most hard parts of the rescue were that five people were tightly harnessed", Nigro said.
One of the five people who died in a tragic helicopter crash has family who lives in Denver.
The helicopter may have gone down because of an errant piece of luggage, according to a report.
In a situation like the one faced by the passengers on the accident flight, "there was no way I could have extricated myself", he said.
The helicopters took off within about 30 seconds of each other, Adams said, and the aircraft carrying the victims was the last one to leave. "My thoughts are with those killed", Magers said. "We will be looking at other sister helicopters, we'll be looking at this helicopter to see whether the harnesses were functioning and whether the passengers were using them". On their back, between their shoulder blades, was a metal ring attached to a carabiner and tethered to the floor. "You can't expect people who are untrained to watch a video, and then, without any real hands-on drill, expect them to react in survivability mode".
Fire Rescue Officer, Brian McDaniel June 12, 1991 - March 11, 2018 Hired: May 2016 Assigned to Fire Station 36, C-Shift Monday, March 12, 2018, Dallas Fire-Rescue received confirmation that one of its own, Fire-Rescue Officer, Brian McDaniel, tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash while on vacation in NY. They included a midair collision with a small plane in August 2009 over the Hudson River that killed nine people and in July 2007 when a helicopter went down in the Hudson with a pilot and seven passengers aboard.