Five people were killed when a helicopter plunged into the East River Sunday evening, according to officials.
Update Mar 12, 2018 10:34 AM EDT: The pilot of a helicopter that crashed Sunday in Manhattan’s East River could be heard saying “mayday” in an emergency radio transmission obtained by The Associated Press.
The pilot, who was earlier identified by WPIX as 33-year-old Richard Vance, said in the transmission that his helicopter had an engine failure.
Authorities continue to investigate what caused the accident, which killed all five passengers on-board.
Unidentified sources told several news stations, including CNN, that Vance told investigators he believed a passenger’s bags might have accidentally hit the helicopter’s emergency shutoff valve.