Open-Door Helicopter Flights Banned From Taking Off From New York City

April 19, 2018

New York City is officially banning open-door helicopter flights from taking off within the five boroughs in the wake of last month’s deadly copter crash.

The Daily News reports the Economic Development Corporation plans to announce the new rule on Wednesday, although it won’t affect the helicopter that crashed into the East River because it took off from New Jersey.

Five people drowned in March when they were unable to free themselves from their harnesses after the aircraft rolled over into the water. The pilot, who was not wearing a harness, escaped with only minor injuries.

EDC President James Patchett said it was their hope that by officially banning doors-off helicopter flights out of New York City it would increase safety and improve the quality of life for all residents.

Information from: Daily News

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