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Nikolai Sorokin (Dollar Photo Club)
Five passengers died when a New York City sightseeing helicopter crashed in the East River, according to the New York Times.

The helicopter specialized in doors-off photo tours where passengers are harnessed and they can lean out and take photos of the Manhattan skyline.

The helicopter radioed for help shortly after taking off from New Jersey. The pilot said he had engine failure.

Officials say that a passenger’s bag may have inadvertently hit the emergency fuel shutoff button.

The pilot was able to free himself and escape, unfortunately the passengers were not able to free themselves from their harnesses.

On Monday, a law enforcement official identified the vicitms as Daniel Thompson, 34, and Tristan Hill, 29, both from New York; Trevor Cadigan and Brian McDaniel, both 26 from Dallas; and Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29, who was from Argentina.

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