Images show smiling passengers moments before fatal helicopter crash

  • Published: 13 March 2018
  • The pilot told police a tether snagged a fuel lever and a float inflated improperly.

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  • Diana James
    Diana James  2 weeks back


    • Carlos G
      Carlos G  3 weeks back

      So why do seatbelts never open as easy as they close?

      • Someone Else
        Someone Else  3 weeks back

        Israel will say Iran was behind the crash.

        • Fender Strat
          Fender Strat  1 months back

          Exactly why I’ll never fly. People always make fun of me cause I won’t fly. But then once people wreck shit ain’t funny then.

          • Design Studio
            Design Studio  2 months back

            The pilot did not have a harness on but only a seat belt so he wasn't planning on hanging out the door .
            People have to be aware of inherent dangers and if they are reticent they need to not do things.
            Just like all the people killed on the dive boat that had very little egress out of the area and above the egress was where the fire was.

            • Trent Miller
              Trent Miller  2 months back

              Didn't they go over safety procedure's before takeoff.

              • wanderley apparecido Vieira

                Helicopters shitest flying machine ever...

                • Real Name
                  Real Name  2 months back

                  No good reason that they couldn't get out, they didn't hit the water very hard and should've been conscious.

                  Epic design fail.

                  • Mranxious
                    Mranxious  3 months back


                    • D.r Offinsive
                      D.r Offinsive  3 months back

                      Don twct whle drIvn
                      A Cra

                      • Samantha Owens
                        Samantha Owens  4 months back

                        OMG THOSE POOR PEOPLE!!! heartbreaking
                        ...just so horrifically heartbreaking...💔😥💔

                        • URIAH HELSINGER
                          URIAH HELSINGER  4 months back

                          FAA/NTSB - Crew Chiefs are now necessary and should be mandatory on tour flights thru out north america as well as pre flight emergency procedures.

                          • josemontes811
                            josemontes811  5 months back

                            They were drinking! What do you expect! 👀

                            • Greg Cunningham
                              Greg Cunningham  5 months back

                              Shouldn’t the pilot be charged? Just like a Captain of a ship would be if bailing out and leaving everyone to die.

                              • dubl haul
                                dubl haul  5 months back

                                I never wear the correct harness...Ronstan Snap Shackles only. One on the floor and that it. I also wear a helmet when I fly and PFDs.

                                • Salnsd
                                  Salnsd  5 months back

                                  that landing didn't look that hard ,

                                  • Kyle Acosta
                                    Kyle Acosta  5 months back

                                    NYC man, im telling you

                                    • Pugile MoltoBene
                                      Pugile MoltoBene  5 months back

                                      WE’RE UNDER ATTACK IN NY!!!!! GET THE FUCK OFF THE STREETS!!!!!!!

                                      • Enrique Morfin Macouzet
                                        Enrique Morfin Macouzet  5 months back

                                        Why is the fuel cut off switch in such a stupid place that anybody can shut it with out the pilot knowing

                                        • NC redbird
                                          NC redbird  5 months back

                                          So tragic. I can't begin to imagine the fear they went through. I just pray their deaths were fast so they didn't suffer. Amazing the pilot made it. My thoughts to the family of each that were lost and for the pilot. I'm sure he relives those minutes over and over asking himself how it went wrong and if he could have done anything differently. Just such a sad thing

                                          • Barry Terdmaster
                                            Barry Terdmaster  6 months back

                                            Pisses me off these corner cutting on seat belts. Auto races have had 5 point harnesses for decades which release with a turn of 1 dial. Seconds. No excuse.

                                            • Douglas Fox
                                              Douglas Fox  7 months back

                                              Obviously the pilot didn't do a Dry run with his paying customers..but hey, he Survived..No Problem..who's next in in line to Die ??

                                              • Anthony Townsend
                                                Anthony Townsend  8 months back

                                                Something goes wrong with a plane you've at least a chance of gliding down, something goes wrong with a helicopter you're dead.

                                                • Super knullisch
                                                  Super knullisch  8 months back

                                                  Was the pilot and the company prosecuted?? If not, they really should've been! I mean, first off, all the passengers should have been thoroughly instructed how to release their harnesses and then practice it at least 5-10 times before lift off, as well as how to prepare for a splash down emergency landing. Second, the pilot should have given them an order to take off their harnesses either 5-10 secs before they crashed or just after. But at the very lest, that they should be ready to press the emergency release button, which I certainly hope these harnesses had, otherwise they should all be switched out immediately!! to go along with a completely new design for that fuel lever.. like.. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!!! How the freaking hell can anyone design something that vital in such a absolutely stupendous beyond belief WAY!! Like seriously!??!? One pull shuts all the fuel off??!? Okay, first off, the placement is really stupid!! Second, that it doesn't have at least one and preferably two safety realises that prevents it from being pulled accidentally is completely unbelievable.. I just can't find the words to describe how much that designer should be hanged, drawn and quartered.. smh (I just assume that it didn't since this accidental pull could occur) And how come the pilot didn't just reengage the lever or just, you know.. for starters, checked to see if that was the reason for the fuel shortage to the engine??

                                                  And that the chopper don't have any alarm for when this lever is pulled or an extra reserve emergency fuel tank that kicks in so that you at least have a few minutes to land the god damn chopper safely..?? wow.. just WOW!!

                                                  Okay.. I know I'm jumping to conclusions here over a very short news clip with very few details.. and perhaps the pilot did everything he could and should not be blamed or prosecuted and perhaps this was a one in a million freak accident that the helicopter design is not to blame for. But until I get corrected here or find out more about said crash investigation details, I will stick to this perhaps then, stupid stance on the matter!

                                                  God day to you all, sorry for the rant..

                                                  • Saraswati Gurung
                                                    Saraswati Gurung  9 months back

                                                    Rest In Peace

                                                    • dr. chips
                                                      dr. chips  11 months back

                                                      zero zero Lima Mayday Mayday. ..

                                                      what's the matter are you OK?

                                                      NO I'm not fucking ok !

                                                      • pamela gates
                                                        pamela gates  11 months back

                                                        The thrill is gone

                                                        • Rocket99
                                                          Rocket99  11 months back

                                                          They didn't pay attention how to operate the harness properly, before I flew I would have ask how to release quickly!

                                                          • Michael Walsh
                                                            Michael Walsh  11 months back

                                                            Too sad.

                                                            • ham brgr
                                                              ham brgr  11 months back

                                                              Mandatory air bags. H8 these crsp machines.

                                                              • gehlen52
                                                                gehlen52  1 years back

                                                                Inexcusable, too late for these wonderful people, too much went wrong in too short of a time.

                                                                • Vlad
                                                                  Vlad  1 years back

                                                                  Pilot is clearly at fault here and should face 5 manslaughter charges. This is simply unacceptable.

                                                                  • Ash Chand
                                                                    Ash Chand  1 years back

                                                                    Always has to be WHITE PPL. DAMN that why i stay away

                                                                    • Chris The Barber
                                                                      Chris The Barber  1 years back

                                                                      Always keep a knife on you

                                                                      • mel25
                                                                        mel25  1 years back

                                                                        Another 🚁 crash.

                                                                        • Manzoor Hekmatyar
                                                                          Manzoor Hekmatyar  1 years back

                                                                          Dumb people deserve what they get. Good riddence

                                                                          • Firefox
                                                                            Firefox  1 years back

                                                                            Pilot,s fault for letting the front seat passenger lay his back pack over the fuel dump lever where the back pack strap tether triggered the fuel dump lever and Pilot did,nt show his passengers the safety procedure for releasing their safety belt harness in case of emergency.......Pilot only survivor while his all passengers drown in the murky waters.....

                                                                            • jay Spike
                                                                              jay Spike  1 years back

                                                                              Pilit error all helicopters can land perfectly with zero engine power, but they must disengauge the clutch before the engine slows the rotors below the minimum required rpm to land smooth

                                                                              • Dale Bee
                                                                                Dale Bee  1 years back

                                                                                Right before the helicopter went down one of those millennials was heard saying "hold my beer and watch this"

                                                                                • James West
                                                                                  James West  1 years back

                                                                                  The pilot, most probably, beat himself up over the incident. I'm sure it will haunt him for the rest of his life. There isn't anything he could have done differently. Things happen really fast in an aircraft, especially in a chopper. Just a very unfortunate accident. My heart goes out to the families of the victims.

                                                                                  • Carol Jenkins
                                                                                    Carol Jenkins  1 years back

                                                                                    It was the pilots role to ensure the passengers knew what to do in an emergency. If he expected them to be able to release themselves, he should've explained how before taking off. He should've had them physically show/prove they could free themselves before taking them up. He shouldn't have left knowing passengers were locked in place, facing drowning to death. It's very much frowned upon for crew to abandon a sinking craft with passengers still aboard. He could've at least saved one person, apart from himself.

                                                                                    • tech nician
                                                                                      tech nician  1 years back

                                                                                      Former helicopter mechanic here. Did the pilot go though training to train the passengers how to release the belts?

                                                                                      • SM
                                                                                        SM  1 years back

                                                                                        So they didn't die on impact but from drowning. How dreadful either way. God rest their young souls. RIP

                                                                                        • SM
                                                                                          SM  1 years back

                                                                                          Too many people messing about on phones these days.

                                                                                          • Buff Barnaby
                                                                                            Buff Barnaby  1 years back

                                                                                            Bad design of craft. Easy win for a decent lawyer.

                                                                                            • MAD BUDDHA
                                                                                              MAD BUDDHA  1 years back

                                                                                              I believe I can fly

                                                                                              • Alan Brody
                                                                                                Alan Brody  1 years back

                                                                                                Alan Grant, is that you?

                                                                                                • Johan Z900
                                                                                                  Johan Z900  1 years back

                                                                                                  nice submarine