A horrible scene was caught on video when a Liberty Helicopter sightseeing tour crashed unexpectedly:
Two tourists, a journalist and two New Yorkers died aboard a sightseeing chopper that crashed into the East River, police said Monday.
All five passengers aboard the Liberty Helicopters chopper were killed in the crash that the pilot said was caused by one of their bags hitting a critical piece of equipment.
— JJ Magers (@JJmagers) March 11, 2018
An Instagram video posted by one of the passengers (see below) appeared to show him smiling as the helicopter took off from Kearny, New Jersey. The young man flashed a thumbs up.
Liberty Helicopters released a statement saying:
“We are focused on supporting the families affected by this tragic accident and on fully cooperating with the FAA and the NTSB investigations. These agencies have asked us to respect the investigative process by referring all press inquiries to them for any further comment.”