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It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the aircraft, but a Fire Department official said it appeared that at least one person had been, “removed from the water,” and taken ashore.
“It was in the vicinity of West 14th Street,” said Paul J. Browne, a the Police Department’s chief spokesman said.
Officials said it did not initially appear that either the plane or the helicopter belonged to a government agency.
Originally posted by whoshotJR
I was just about to post this
What's going on in that area that has no claimed 2 crashes that land in the river?
Authorities believe all nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed.
Two bodies were recovered in the water, one floating free and one in the wreckage, and other bodies were spotted in the debris in the river, the mayor said. The crash victims included five Italian tourists and a pilot on the helicopter and the three people on the plane, including a child, Bloomberg said.
Two years ago, a Liberty helicopter fell 500 feet from the sky during a sightseeing trip. The pilot was credited with safely landing the chopper in the Hudson and helping evacuate her seven passengers
In 1997, a rotor on one of its sightseeing helicopters clipped a Manhattan building, forcing an emergency landing. No one was hurt.
The accident happened in a busy general aviation corridor over the river that is often filled with sightseeing craft on nice days.
Another helicopter pilot on the ground at the heliport for Liberty Tours, which operated the doomed sightseeing craft, saw the plane approaching the helicopter and tried to radio an alert to the pilots, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The warning wasn't heard or didn't happen in time.
The plane, a Piper PA-32, was registered to LCA Partnership in Fort Washington, Pa. The company's officials couldn't immediately be identified. The helicopter was a Eurocopter AS 350 owned by Liberty Tours, a sightseeing and charter company. It was struck by the plane shortly after lifting off from a heliport on Manhattan's West side.
Witnesses described seeing a low-flying plane smashing into the helicopter, and then wreckage scattering. One of the plane's wings was severed by the impact.
Anyway, the Hudson and the East River are considered Class B airspace 'exclusion zones',
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
How does something like that even happen?
I mean were talking about the air here, where there is ALOT of space to say the least.
And aren't helicopters suppose to be extremely maneuverable?
I dunno, it just seems odd that a plane, and a helicopter would both be bearing down on each other and not see themselves coming.