NTSB Questions Crash Helicopter Pilot for Hours

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:07 PM EDT
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Amateur video taken just after a helicopter crashed in the East River. Courtesy Steven Castro.

Steven Castro

Amateur video taken just after a helicopter crashed in the East River. Courtesy Steven Castro.

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Helicopter Pulled Out of East River [Raw]

The Bell 206 Ranger helicopter that plunged into the East River Tuesday afternoon is seen in this video being fished out of the water in the evening.
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The pilot who survived the helicopter crash into the East River that killed one person spent hours being interviewed by investigators on Thursday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said at a briefing that Paul Dudley had spent three hours with federal investigators and was still speaking with them by evening. He was described as being fully cooperative.

They are asking him about his past experience and flight time, and for a specific rundown of what he did in the moments before takeoff and when the helicopter crashed minutes later.

It's all part of "a more thorough opportunity to understand" what happened, NTSB member Mark Rosekind said

Investigators are also looking into the weight of the aircraft and passengers along with the winds at the time it plummeted into the water.

The allowable weight of the passengers is still being determined, investigators said, and the helicopter is being weighed with special aircraft scales as part of that investigation.

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