Moreover, if activated by mistake, the error 'is normally fixed with a breakaway [safety] wire.
'We've seen many things that have happened in an airplane. "It's really horrifying and I hope that something come from this", Adams said adding that while the tragedy was a wakeup call he would continue seeking these kinds of aviation experiences.
A conversation moments before the crash indicates the pilot requested permission from air traffic controllers to fly up the river and over Manhattan's Central Park.
Vance told investigators a passenger's bag may have accidentally activated the helicopter's emergency fuel shutoff switch, CNN and NY1, a NY cable news channel, reported, citing unnamed law enforcement officials.
Nigro said that three of the passengers were removed by divers from the helicopter in critical condition and taken to the hospital, where they did not survive, and two of the passengers were pronounced dead on the scene.
"The pilot freed himself, the other five did not", Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters during a brief press conference.
The NYPD on Monday identified the four other people who were killed in the crash as 34-year-old Daniel Thompson of NY, 29-year-old Tristan Hill of NY, 26-year-old Trevor Cadigan of Dallas, and 29-year-old Carla Vallejos Blanco from Argentina. It ended a few weeks ago.
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He planned to marry his fiance Eda Ozmen, a yoga instructor, back in Reno, Nevada, where the Singapore-born man grew up, on May 26.
McDaniel was visiting Cadigan, who had recently finished an internship at the Business Insider news site.
Michele Longoria, another teacher at Bishop Lynch High School says, "We are all hurting very much". Cadigan got a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University while his friend went into firefighting.
An Argentine woman, Carla Vallejos Blanco, was also one of the victims.
Tristan Hill was engaged to be married.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board inspected the wreckage on Monday.
Video of the incident filmed by an onlooker and posted on Twitter showed a red helicopter descending toward the water at dusk, then landing with a large splash before tipping onto its right side, its tail lights still flashing.
"Someone climbed out of the helicopter and then was on top of the yellow raft". A small armada of rescue boats searched for survivors. Although divers rushed to try and save the passengers, it took a long time to pull their bodies out of the water because they were strapped in special harnesses that allowed them to take photos of their view from the helicopter while the doors were open.
"One of the most hard parts of the rescue were that five people were tightly harnessed", Mr Nigro said.