Passengers aboard doomed helicopter all drowned

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Law enforcement sources identified him as Richard Vance.

Investigators say the pilot declared an emergency involving the engine before the helicopter crashed.

In 2009, a Liberty Helicopters chopper crashed into a small private plane over the Hudson River. "They worked very quickly, as fast as they could". "We don't have a great deal to report yet, but will provide regular updates".

Argentina's NY consulate said Carla Vallejos Blanco was one of the victims.

Brian McDaniel, a fire rescue officer who lived in Dallas, was in New York City visiting his friend Trevor Cadigan. All of the victims were between 26 and 34 years old, according to the New York Police Department.

"Despite his short tenure, hearts are heavy with grief", the department said in a statement.

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"He was a smart, talented, and ambitious young journalist and producer who was well-liked and made a big contribution", the news site said in a statement.

Trevor Cadigan was McDaniel's high school friend and recently moved to NY.

Trevor Cadigan, left, had worked as a video journalist in Texas and NY. McDaniel flashed a thumbs up.

Media sources are reporting that one of the victims of the NY helicopter crash, 29-year-old Tristan Hill, is from Reno.

The helicopter in Sunday's crash, however, took off from Kearny, New Jersey, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website.

Some Democratic New York city council members are pressing the city to take its own steps to crack down on helicopter tours, though it's unclear how much the city can do.

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He told investigators he attempted to inflate the emergency pontoons on the helicopter's skids prior to hitting the water, but the pontoons, which would have kept the aircraft afloat, did not inflate and the helicopter listed to one side and flipped over shortly after impact, officials said.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, but Robb said Cadigan's parents mainly want to end open-door flights for taking aerial photos.

The AP reported that one person was rescued by a tugboat on the scene.

"There's no way those people could have gotten out of the helicopter", Adams told the Post. "It was under water". "We are focused on supporting the families affected by this tragic accident and on fully cooperating with the FAA and NTSB investigations", Liberty Helicopters wrote. Dihn-Zarr added that they planned to look into whether the Airbus Eurocopter had a history of mechanical problems. His current commercial pilot license was issued in September 2011, according to FAA records.

A bystander, Susan Larkin, told The Associated Press that she went down to see rescue boats in the river and a police helicopter circling overhead, hovering low over the water.

A Dallas firefighter and an Argentine woman were among the five passengers killed when a helicopter went down in New York City's East River. Prior to that crash, on July 7, 2007, another helicopter crashed into the Hudson River after one of the main rotor blades separated in-flight.

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