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Tour helicopter crashes into East River, pilot scrambles to safety [BREAKING STORY, 5 submerged]
NY Post ^ | March 11, 2018 | By Larry Celona, Tina Moore, Joe Marino and Max Jaeger

Posted on 03/11/2018 5:23:01 PM PDT by Enchante

A tourist helicopter plunged into the East River on Sunday night, leaving at least five people trapped inside the sinking vessel while the pilot scrambled to safety, police sources said.

The Eurocopter AS350 went down around 88th Street, near Gracie Mansion, at about 7:15 p.m., sources said.

The pilot was able to get out and climb aboard a raft — but five others remained trapped inside the upside-down helicopter, according to sources.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: accident; aviation; crash; eastriver; helicopter; newyork; ny; nyc
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Helicopter with 6 onboard (including pilot) crashed into NYC's East River tonight. Early reports indicate only the pilot may have emerged from the helicopter as it sank upside down in the river.
1 posted on 03/11/2018 5:23:01 PM PDT by Enchante
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Weird, I drove down the FDR just before this happened (but didn’t see anything).


2 posted on 03/11/2018 5:23:55 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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Oh man, they’re dead. One taken to Bellevue, the pilot.


3 posted on 03/11/2018 5:28:30 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (The remoulade was a trifle tart, but the souflee for dessert more than made up for it.)
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Sounds like the pilot pulled a Ted Kennedy.


4 posted on 03/11/2018 5:28:50 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (The remoulade was a trifle tart, but the souflee for dessert more than made up for it.)
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The East River is a lot deeper than the pond Teddy left Mary Jo in. I’m waiting on more facts before judging.


5 posted on 03/11/2018 5:35:44 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Not unless he was drunk. It’s sort of a myth anyway that the captain always goes down with the ship.


6 posted on 03/11/2018 5:36:55 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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Yeah, and watching the bit of video with the article I don’t think there’s anything he could have done. The chopper was turning over and sinking pretty fast. It’s probably remarkable that anyone got out.


7 posted on 03/11/2018 5:38:34 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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No, sounds like he was lucky to get out. Likely nothing he could do to help anyone else. He was probably just lucky enough that his familiarity with the aircraft let his hand find and easily operate the seatbelt, door handle, etc.

I’ve seen more than a few non-fliers fumble the seatbelts in an aircraft when all they needed to do was twist the buckle. And for mere mortals, diving underwater in freezing water to try to open a helo door and then unstrap people... lets just say, the average person will not get it done. Hands get numb and ineffective very very fast.


8 posted on 03/11/2018 5:39:10 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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Outlaw helicopters...


9 posted on 03/11/2018 5:40:20 PM PDT by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://youtu.be/wH-pk2vZG2M)
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I wouldn’t begin to say anything against the pilot without knowing all the details. Other articles say it was engine trouble, and the chopper turned over and sank pretty quickly (see video). I doubt he could have gotten anyone else out or he would have. Let’s see what facts emerge.


10 posted on 03/11/2018 5:41:43 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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Fox reporting 2 dead, so far...


11 posted on 03/11/2018 5:46:24 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (MAGA!!!)
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Helliflopper in that area should have had pontoons


12 posted on 03/11/2018 5:46:33 PM PDT by old curmudgeon (There is no situation so terrible, so disgraceful, that the federal government can not make worse)
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13 posted on 03/11/2018 5:51:25 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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"I guess they won't be making a movie about this crash."


14 posted on 03/11/2018 5:52:31 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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15 posted on 03/11/2018 5:53:49 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

What was he suppose to do ?


16 posted on 03/11/2018 5:55:08 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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Amazing


17 posted on 03/11/2018 5:55:53 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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18 posted on 03/11/2018 5:56:38 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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Index


19 posted on 03/11/2018 5:59:41 PM PDT by JohnThree3to16 (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3625817/posts)
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Not me. He touched down slow, at an angle and landed fairly gentle on the water. He could have told the passengers on the intercom they were going down in water and as soon as the aircraft is in the water and stopped, unbuckle and exit the helicopter....I dunno. Just speculating.


20 posted on 03/11/2018 6:03:30 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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