On Sunday, March 11, 2018, just after 7 p.m., a helicopter, owned and operated by Liberty Helicopters, crashed into the East River in New York City. Five people were confirmed dead. Only the pilot was able to free himself and escape. The five passengers were tightly harnessed in the helicopter, which was found submerged upside down in the river.
The New York Fire Department had to dive into the water to remove the five passengers from the helicopter. Two of the passengers were found dead on arrival, while the other three were taken to the hospital in critical condition. They were later pronounced dead.
The helicopter was lifted from the water on Monday afternoon. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) experts are examining and inspecting the helicopter to determine the cause of the accident. This was the third crash for Liberty Helicopters in the past 11 years. New York Senator Chuck Schumer called on the FAA to suspend the company’s FAA operating certificate until the company’s safety record and this crash are fully assessed.
The NTSB will likely look at various factors in investigating the crash, such as the pilot’s training, experience, and immediate response during the crash, whether anything on the helicopter caused the crash, and environmental factors.
Most Common Causes of Helicopter Crash
Helicopter crashes may not be as common as car accidents, but when they happen they can be deadly. Due to the volatile nature of helicopter crashes, many factors can play a role in the cause of these types of accidents.
Common causes of helicopter crashes include:
- Operational Error: These are helicopter crashes that are caused by some type of human error, typically due to the negligence of the pilot.
- Mechanical Malfunction: These types of helicopter crashes are caused by a failure of some part of the aircraft, such as design flaws or manufacturing problems.
- Electrical Malfunction: These types of helicopter accidents are caused by a malfunction in the electrical components of the aircraft, such as an electrical short or improper quality control.
Regardless of what caused your or your loved one’s helicopter crash, you need to immediately consult with an experienced NYC helicopter accident attorney to understand how to protect your best interests.
Call a New York Helicopter Crash Attorney Today
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a helicopter crash, or if you have lost someone close to you, you need to consult with an experienced legal counsel. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced New York helicopter crash lawyers, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-646-693-3742.