Helicopter pilot Paul Dudley said that as soon as he took off, he noticed “mechanical problems” with the aircraft that caused him to lose control and crash into the East River. However, federal investigators may not be buying his story as they have now ruled out engine failure as the cause of the fatal helicopter accident.
Dudley took a group of family friends on a helicopter ride in Manhattan. However, shortly after takeoff, Dudley says that he experienced mechanical problems and attempted to land. Dudley lost control of the aircraft and crashed into the East River. One of his passengers, Sonia Marra, died in the crash. Another, Helen Tamaki, remains in critical condition.