• Reuters


An emergency fuel shut-off switch had been accidentally tripped moments before a fatal crash of a helicopter in New York’s East River on March 11, a pilot told the National Transportation Safety Board in a preliminary report released Monday.

The Eurocopter AS350 chartered by Liberty Helicopters of New Jersey crashed, killing all five passengers after a private photo shoot trip over New York City. The pilot, who escaped, also told the NTSB that the engine trouble started shortly after a passenger slid across the seat and leaned back to take a picture. The pilot also said he saw part of a passenger’s restraint harness underneath the switch as the craft was going down.

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