Great another airplane crash over the hudson

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SpazFreak1911, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. SpazFreak1911

    SpazFreak1911 New Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    New york city
    seems there was another accident over the hudson involving a helicopter and a small plane so far everyone is presumed dead :(
    the search for those aboard a small plane and helicopter that collided Saturday over the Hudson River has become a recovery mission, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
    First responders gather on a pier after a plane and helicopter collided Saturday over the Hudson River.

    First responders gather on a pier after a plane and helicopter collided Saturday over the Hudson River.

    Two bodies had been recovered, but it was unclear whether the second was from the crash, which authorities "do not feel was survivable."

    Two passengers, including a child, and a pilot were believed to have been aboard the single-engine Piper PA-32 when it collided with the copter around noon between New York and Hoboken, New Jersey, Bloomberg said.

    Five Italian tourists and a pilot were believed to be aboard the helicopter, which was operated by Liberty Helicopter Sightseeing Tours, Bloomberg said. See witness photos

    Earlier, the Coast Guard reported it had rescued one person from the river.

    No immediate information was available on the person rescued by the New York City Fire Department. People at the scene said nothing could be seen floating on the water.

    Witness Arnold Stevens said after the plane had a wing sheared off, it began "corkscrewing" into the water. The helicopter "dropped like a rock" after the collision, which happened about noon. Video See a series of photos from the scene »

    The tour company has confirmed the helicopter was one of its own, FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.

    A small plane landed at Teterboro to pick up one passenger late Saturday morning and took off at 11:54 a.m., said Ron Marsico, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    The travelers filled out a flight plan indicating they were flying from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Ocean City, New Jersey, the FAA said.

    Ben Berman, formerly with the National Transportation Safety Board, which will investigate the accident, said if the helicopter fell straight down, it's likely there was a rotor failure. Were you there? Send images

    Witnesses reported seeing debris flying from the helicopter as it crashed.

    Scott Schuman was with his grandparents on the Hoboken side of the river when they heard a loud bang.

    "The plane was kind of whirlybirding its way down, brown smoke coming out the back of it, and it crashed into the water. Then a few seconds later the helicopter with debris falling off of it also hit as well," Schuman said.

    "It was a scary sight," he added.

    He said some of the debris fell in Hoboken, and "we covered our heads."

    Asked if he had seen anyone in the water, Schuman replied, "I have not seen anything, but judging by the impact when the plane and the helicopter hit, it would be very unlikely for a positive outcome."

    The busy airspace surrounding New York's Manhattan island has been the site of several aeronautical mishaps in recent history.

    Earlier this year, a US Airways plane with 155 people on board ditched into the Hudson, apparently after striking at least one bird upon takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, officials said.

    Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger's landing, which resulted in no deaths or serious injuries, was captured on closed circuit television.

    In 2005, Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor were killed when the 34-year-old ballplayer's plane crashed into a high-rise apartment building near the East River, city officials said.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2009
  2. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    That is awfully sad and strange. It's strange because it's the 2nd crash into the Hudson this year, and also because of the rare occurrence that a helicopter and a plane would collide in mid-air. :eek: That's a bad set of coincidences for NY over the past year...

    So, let me get this straight... A body was recovered in the Hudson and the rescuers aren't sure it was from the crash. You gotta love NY... :rolleyes:

  3. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    There is a lot of air traffic over NYC. A whole whole lot. This isn't surprising.
  4. kingchip

    kingchip New Member

    Jul 2, 2009
    Marble Falls, Texas
    They need to be banned. People didn't cause that crash, the airplane and helo did.
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