All five passengers killed in helicopter crash into NYC's East River

Liberty Helicopters posted a statement on its website, saying it is "focused on supporting the families affected by this tragic accident and on fully cooperating with the FAA and NTSB investigations".

"That's something we're looking into", Gunther said.

The pilot, Richard Vance (pictured), who is from Danbury, Connecticut, said the aircraft went down because of engine failure. "They would have been hard to remove in an emergency, since you're attached from the rear". The Argentine consulate said her family is working with the New York City medical examiner to bring her body back to Argentina. The FAA identified it as a Eurocopter AS350.

This however is the company's third crash in 11 years.

NTSB senior investigator Todd Gunther explained that while all of the helicopter's pontoons "had deployed" the critical issue is to determine "the sequence of events and did [the pontoons] deploy properly". A review of FAA records shows that there were no fatal injuries in accidents between 2010 and past year. Investigators said the helicopter was flying too high.

Vance headed to the river to avoid crashing on a crowded street, but was the only person aboard to escape before the chopper filled with water and sank. Moment later, the aircraft flipped over.

Two tourists, a journalist and two New Yorkers died aboard a sightseeing chopper that crashed into the city's East River, authorities confirmed on Monday.

"It's very aggravating in that it's really silly to have a helicopter you can turn the fuel off with just like that", said Dallas firefighter Devin Holt.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was traveling from outside the city Sunday night, was briefed on the crash. The remaining three, who had been hospitalized, were all declared dead early Monday morning.

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Those killed were identified as Daniel Thompson, 34; Tristan Hill, 29; Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29; Brian McDaniel, 26; and Trevor Cadigan, 26.

Brian McDaniel, a fire rescue officer who lived in Dallas, was in New York City visiting his friend Trevor Cadigan.

Until recently, Cadigan had worked as an intern with the news site Business Insider, which in a statement described him as a "smart, talented, and ambitious young journalist".

Cadigan, who has a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, had recently moved to NY to begin a career with Business Insider, according to ABC station WFAA-TV in Dallas.

A video posted online appeared to show the red helicopter descending into the water, its spinning blades chopping the river as it tipped over.

Mayor's spokesman: At least 2 dead, 1 rescued from crashed helicopter in New York City's East River.

The helicopter went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence. Emergency divers had to remove the five passengers from tight safety harnesses while they were upside down in the water, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

The Federal Aviation Administration has no record of any accidents or incidents involving the helicopter that crashed or Vance, according to Jim Peters, an Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson.

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