Liberty Helicopters Eurocopter AS350 has crashed in NY’s East River; five passengers died

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A Liberty Helicopters Eurocopter AS350 chopper that had been chartered for a private photo shoot, has crashed in New York’s East River after an engine failure. Three of the passengers were taken to the hospital with severe injuries but their death was confirmed on Monday morning.

According to the Fire Fighting Department the passengers were tightly harnessed, an open-door aerial photo shoot, making it more difficult to get out in an emergency. In total five people have died in the accident, the pilot was able to free himself and was rescued.

According to their web site Liberty Helicopters is the largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter service in the Northeast.

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