NTSB: Three crashes for Liberty Helicopters in 11 years
14 March, 2018, 00:48
"We were all in the safety briefing together", he said of the passengers on the accident flight. He says it looks like they deployed, but possibly not all of them until after the crash.
The pilot has told investigators that he suspects a bag owned by one of the passengers may have switched an emergency shutoff valve for fuel to the engines, CNN and ABC News reported. The official was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly about it and spoke Monday on condition of anonymity.
Vance freed himself from the wreckage and was later discharged from a hospital.
The five passengers were all strapped into the aircraft with special harnesses that allowed them to lean out of the helicopter doors to take pictures. The company offers both private charters and sightseeing tours for tourists.
Liberty Helicopters employees did not respond to phone calls and emails requesting comment and several people gathered at their Kearny office after midnight Monday refused to answer questions when confronted by reporters.