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    Nine killed in helicopter, plane collision over NY

    Nine people, including five Italian tourists were killed on Saturday when a small plane hit a helicopter over New York and crashed into the Hudson River, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
    He said there were five Italian tourist and a pilot aboard the helicopter and three people on the plane including the pilot and a child. Two bodies had been recovered but there was no hope of finding survivors.
    "This has changed from a rescue to a recovery mission," Bloomberg said. "There's not going to be a happy ending."
    Search and rescue craft had rushed to the area in the vicinity of West 14th Street in Lower Manhattan immediately after the midair collision at noon (1600 GMT). Police divers started looking for survivors and wreckage. The weather was clear and mild.
    Bloomberg said the plane, a Piper Saratoga, appeared to hit the back of the helicopter which immediately fell into the river. Police had found one piece of wreckage in murky waters and the search for bodies and debris would probably continue for a few days.
    The helicopter was operated by Liberty Helicopter, the largest sightseeing and charter helicopter operator in the U.S. Northeast.
    An eyewitness told the NY1 local TV station he saw a wing come off the plane around the time of the collision. The helicopter immediately "fell like a stone" into the river, the witness said. Others reported hearing a loud boom.
    Chunks of debris also fell on the New Jersey side of the river, narrowly missing motorists.
    In January, a US Airways jet with more than 150 people on board crashed into the frigid Hudson River off Manhattan after apparently hitting a flock of geese. All aboard survived
    Well, luckily I didn't have any tortoises on me at the time...

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    Great year for aviation 2009.

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    What the fuck caused the Saratoga to angle for a helicopter? It's not like these things are that easy to to miss?!?

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    ^ You would be surprised... You can't see anything directly below you in your flight path from the front seat of a single-engine light aircraft... Especially at Teterboro... I used to hate flying into / out of that place... I'm surprised there aren't more accidents there...

    The Saratoga was descending for a landing... The chopper was taking off for a site-seeing tour... The chopper busted max altitude of 1100 feet AGL and climbed into the general aviation traffic pattern, right into oncoming traffic...

    RIP to all those who lost their lives...
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    The Saratoga was descending for a landing... The chopper was taking off for a site-seeing tour... The chopper busted max altitude of 1100 feet AGL and climbed into the general aviation traffic pattern, right into oncoming traffic...
    Sounds like my daily commute in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke
    An eyewitness told the NY1 local TV station he saw a wing come off the plane around the time of the collision.
    Sorry, have to repeat that bit, it just sounds so funny.
    What an odd choice of words

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke
    An eyewitness told the NY1 local TV station he saw a wing come off the plane around the time of the collision.
    Sorry, have to repeat that bit, it just sounds so funny.
    What an odd choice of words

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