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'Doors-Off' Helicopter Flights Halted by FAA After NYC Photo Tour Crash

18 March 2018, 01:30 | Tara Lloyd

NYPD and FDNY boats conduct a search Sunday night after the crash

NYPD and FDNY boats conduct a search Sunday night after the crash

And among doors-off helicopter flights available across the USA, many use harnesses that are hard for passengers to remove themselves. The pilot was the sole survivor.

"Operators, pilots, and consumers should be aware of the hazard presented by supplemental restraint devices in the event of an emergency evacuation during "doors off" flights", the agency said in a statement.

The pilot was able to remove himself from his harness and escape, but all five passengers died from accidental drowning, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner said.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered helicopter operators to suspend so-called "doors off" flights that require passengers to wear difficult-to-release harnesses.

FAA Statement 2/3: Until then, the #FAA will order no more "doors off" operations that involve restraints that can not be released quickly in an emergency. New York Fire Department divers had to cut the passengers' bodies loose.

At the same time, the agency said it will conduct a "top to bottom review of its rules" governing open door flights, after a helicopter from New Jersey went down in the East River off Manhattan on Sunday.

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Investigators haven't found evidence of mechanical problems with the engine, flight controls or other systems, the National Transportation Safety Board said in an email Thursday.

Doors-off photography flights have grown in popularity as the air-tour industry continually tries to come up with new ways to market itself.

A statement on Liberty's website said it was "fully cooperating" with investigations into the crash. "This includes using FAA-approved seatbelts with quick releases on our flights as well as conducting specific passenger safety training prior to each flight".

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