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NTSB Investigators Analyze Helicopter That Crashed Into East River

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators have analyzed the helicopter that crashed into New York’s East River over the weekend killing five passengers. The pilot was the only person to survive.

City medical examiners said on Tuesday, March 13 that the cause of death of the five passengers was accidental drowning, reported PIX11.

Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29; Brian McDaniel, 26; Trevor Cadigan, 26; Tristan Hill, 29; and Daniel Thompson, 34 have been identified as the victims in the crash.

Authorities are still determining how the crash occurred and whether the passengers’ harnesses hindered their escape, reported the Daily Telegraph. One of the victim’s family is suing the owners of the helicopter, Liberty Helicopters, and others.

The lawyer for the parents of Trevor Cadigan said the way the passengers were harnessed, with a release mechanism at the back, would have provided no prospect of safely escaping, reported the newspaper.

In the video, investigators are seen analyzing the aircraft after it was lifted from the river on Monday, March 12.

Credit: NTSB via Storyful