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NTSB Finds No Abnormalities in Engine of Chopper That Crashed Into East River

The helicopter went down in the East River around sunset on Sunday with six people aboard

What to Know

  • A tour helicopter went down into the East River near East 86th Street on Sunday evening
  • Officials say six people were on board the helicopter when it crashed around 7 p.m.
  • All five passengers died; the pilot was the only survivor

Investigators have found nothing wrong with the engine of the helicopter that crashed into New York City's East River, killing five passengers.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday it found "no evidence of abnormalities" during a teardown of the engine. It also said its investigators interviewed the chopper's pilot for the first time.

The five passengers drowned when the helicopter touched down in the river on Sunday and capsized. The pilot survived.

The NTSB says it's examining whether the passengers' safety harnesses hindered their escape from the sinking aircraft.

The family of one of the victims has filed a lawsuit against the aircraft's owner, Liberty Helicopters, calling the passenger harness system a "death trap" in a water crash.

Liberty Helicopters has referred all inquiries to federal officials.

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