A night of fun and gambling at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut ended with fifteen dead on I-95 on the Bronx – Westchester County Line, but the death didn’t end there.
The pilot of a small plane that crashed on the interstate in New Jersey, killing all five people on board, appeared to be calling for help just before the plane went down.
The question of icing was raised on Tuesday as a possible factor in the accident. However, officials said they are unable to pinpoint how big a factor it really was.
The federal government announced new regulations Wednesday to keep tired pilots out of the cockpit. The new rules were prompted by a deadly accident involving a plane that took off from Newark Liberty International Airport in 2009.
Pilot Jeffrey Buckalew, his wife Corinne and their two children were killed along with Buckalew’s business partner Rakesh Chawla, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sanderg reported. Both Buckalew and Chawla were managing directors of a New York investment firm.
Fifty people, including the pilots, were killed in the crash near Buffalo, N.Y.
Harriet Nicholson died at Bellevue Hospital of “respiratory complications of near-drowning” — meaning a shortage of oxygen to the brain, according to Ellen Borakove, the medical examiner’s spokeswoman.
Bellevue Hospital has confirmed Helen Tamaki, the other female passenger during last week’s helicopter crash in the East River, died Tuesday night.
“We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the rescue teams who acted with great courage, and also to hospital staff at Bellevue Hospital Center and the NYPD, for their compassion, kindness and great care,” said the statement.
The investigators found no metal particles on a magnetic monitoring device inside the helicopter’s engine that could have indicated damage, said National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind.
Paul Dudley told his colleagues “I don’t know why, I just know it happened very, very fast.”
NTSB officials said the chopper likely did not have a flight data recorder, or “black box,” but engine monitors and Global Positioning System navigation equipment may have stored useful information.
“He could have taken steps, which would have avoided this great tragedy,” Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said.
Dutchess County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Hughes said the plane went down at around noon Tuesday in a field just south of the county airport.
A Minnesota airplane manufacturer isn’t responsible for the deaths of Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor, who were killed when their small plane crashed into a Manhattan apartment building, a jury concluded Tuesday.