The open-door private helicopter crashed into the East River on March 11th.
The open-door private helicopter crashed into the East River on March 11th. The parents of a young man who died in the helicopter crash are suing the aircraft’s owner and operator.
All five passengers on board were killed, however the pilot escaped.
The passengers had boarded the open-door helicopter for a half-hour ride, but the aircraft crashed just 11 minutes into the trip.
The lawsuit alleges that the aircraft owner and the company have made it impossible for untrained passengers to free themselves in emergencies.
Passengers of open-door flights wear tight harnesses that are connected to a metal ring across their back and tethered to the floor.
It remains unclear whether the helicopter experienced mechanical problems after takeoff and if the harnesses and the floating devices were working properly.