The helicopter is commonly used by tour companies and is owned by New Jersey-based Fly Liberty Charter.
REUTERS/Darren Ornitz Rescue crews are seen on East 34th Street/Midtown East Landing after a chartered Liberty Helicopters helicopter crashed into the East River in NY, U.S., March 11, 2018.
Witness Mary Lee, 66, told The New York Post that she saw the chopper go down from her apartment window and said she "immediately thought someone was in there and not going to live - it's cold water, it was sinking really fast".
A Reuters photographer witnessed three people recovered by rescue divers being wheeled on stretchers onto a midtown pier shortly before 9 p.m. Officer McDaniel, 26, was an nearly two-year member of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, and was assigned to Fire Station 36, on the C-shift. A possible phone number for him in Danbury, Connecticut, wasn't working.
Liberty Helicopters describes itself on its website as "the largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter service in New York City". The agency said it was investigating. But an August 2009 collision over the Hudson River between a Liberty chopper and a small private plane killed nine people, including a group of Italian tourists. Providing sightseeing trips since 1990, the company advertises "unparalleled safety records". Three subsequent maintenance violations in 2011 and 2012 didn't result in any fines.
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One person was removed from the helicopter, authorities said.
This social media video appeared to show the moment the chopper crashed into the river.
The NYPD and Fire Department of NY went to East 90 Street, where witnesses saw the chopper plunge into the water.
Officer Brian McDaniel who died in the helicopter crash.
Business Insider confirmed that journalist Trevor Cadigan had died in the crash as well.
Also killed in the crash was Cadigan, a former WFAA intern and the son of longtime WFAA Production Manager Jerry Cadigan. They were identified by a police source as Brian McDaniel, a firefighter from Dallas; Trevor Cadigan, a video journalist originally from Dallas; Carla Vallejos Blanco, a tourist from Argentina and two helicopter employees, Tristan Hill and Daniel Thompson.