While the exact reason for the collision is not yet known, witnesses on the ground report watching the private planeheading from Teterboro airport to Ocean City, NJ with two men and a teenager onboard veer and clip the rotors of the helicopter, which sheered off one plane wing and all of the helicopter rotors, sending both into a downward plunge.
Although any aviation tragedy stirs public sympathies and curiosity, this one is especially poignant considering that the helicopter, a standard tourist one which had just left the West 34th Street heliport bound for a scenic loop around the Statue Of Liberty, was carrying five Italian tourists. Actually, it almost took seven but a mom and her son were too late for the trip after her son stubbornly (and wisely) refused to go.
As we are in the height of tourist season, we doubt that this crash will much impact Liberty Tours' business, or even have an effect on the crowded airspace over the Hudson River, frequently filled as it is with airplanes, private planes, tour helicopters, police helicopters, traffic helicopters, airport transport helicopters, and private helicopters.
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