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MEDIA ADVISORY: Fatal Doors-Off Helicopter Crash Subject of Board Meeting
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 MEDIA ADVISORY: Fatal Doors-Off Helicopter Crash Subject of Board Meeting

​WASHINGTON (Sept. 23, 2019) — The National Transportation Safety Board announced Monday its intention to hold a public board meeting Dec. 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m., to determine the probable cause of the fatal crash.

A FlyNYON- branded Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter operated by Liberty Helicopters, Inc., crashed in the East River, New York, March 11, 2018, killing all five passengers and injuring the pilot. Previously released information about the NTSB’s investigation of the accident is available online at

The public docket, which contains information considered in the development of probable cause for the accident, is available online at

The NTSB issued an urgent safety recommendation just eight days after the crash, calling on the FAA to prohibit commercial flights that use passenger harness systems that do not allow for rapid release with minimal difficulty. That urgent safety recommendation was closed-acceptable action taken, July 26, 2018.

(In this photo taken March 13, 2018, Emily Gibson, a Survival factors Investigator with the NTSB’s Office of Aviation Safety, documents the restraint systems within the cabin of the Liberty Helicopter’s helicopter that crashed in the
East River, New York, March 11, 2018. NTSB Photo by Chris O’Neil)


WHO:  NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHAT: An open to the public board meeting.

WHERE: NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 410 10th St., SW, Washington, DC.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m. (EST)

HOW:  Media covering the meeting in person are asked to be in place no later than 9:15 a.m. on the day of the event. The public meeting will also be webcast. A link for the webcast will be available at shortly before the start of the meeting.

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Contact: NTSB Media Relations
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Washington, DC 20594
Phone Number
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