Dallas Firefighter Is Among the 5 Killed in NYC Helicopter Crash

Marine units are seen on the East River on Sunday night looking east toward Queens

Argentina's NY consulate said Monday that Carla Vallejos Blanco was one of the victims in the crash Sunday night.

Brian McDaniel, a firefighter with the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, was on vacation in the Big Apple when he boarded the private charter for a photo shoot, according to the Texas fire station and the New York Police Department.

The owner, Liberty Helicopters, referred all inquiries to federal authorities.

"Mayday, mayday, mayday", the pilot told air traffic controllers as it was going down, according to a recording of the radio call. Vance was able to free himself.

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Many questions have emerged in the wake of Sunday's deadly helicopter crash near Roosevelt Island.

Robb said the NTSB would then release a preliminary report, and a probable-cause accident report would follow detailing what happened during the crash. The New Jersey-based company said on its website it has the largest fleet in the Northeast and had an "unparalleled" safety record. "We didn't see the helicopter anymore and then a yellow raft popped up and again we didn't see or hear anyone until we saw a person on top of the raft screaming and yelling for help and waving".

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was briefed about the crash. According to a press statement, the five passengers that died on Sunday night were a part of a privately chartered flight for a photography project.

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The helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350, was a private charter commissioned for a photo shoot, said James P. O'Neill, commissioner of the New York City Police Department.

A senior law enforcement official told CNN that Vance believed one of the passengers' bags may have accidentally struck the chopper's emergency fuel shutoff button, which could have led to the crash, something that was not confirmed nor addressed by Dinh-Zarr.

The National Transportation Safety Board was conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

An eyewitness video, posted to Twitter, shows the aircraft hitting the river before it begins moving onto its side, the rotors slapping at the water. One of those passengers happened to be an off-duty paramedic, who was credited with helping to get everyone off of the helicopter safely. The other hit the water shortly after takeoff on a sightseeing flight, injuring six tourists and the pilot.

A helicopter on a sightseeing tour of Manhattan crashed into the Hudson River in July 2007, shaking up the eight people aboard but injuring no one.

Twitter footage captured the moment the helicopter crashed. No one was injured in the crash.

Nigro and Police Commissioner James O'Neill said the rescue operation Sunday took place in a 4 miles per hour current in water about 50 feet (15 meters) deep, under challenging conditions.

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