Questions raised over helicopter safety after East River crash

A day after a helicopter crashed into the East River shortly after takeoff, killing one, some are calling for a ban or stricter regulations over

BROOKLYN - A day after a helicopter crashed into the East River shortly after takeoff, killing one, some are calling for a ban or stricter regulations over helicopter activities in the area.

The helicopter had been taking off from the 34th Street Heliport when it experienced some sort of issue and crashed into the river.

Councilman Steve Levin (D-Brooklyn) has called the sightseeing and other non-essential helicopter activities in the area not only a nuisance, but dangerous.

Some officials have called for an outright ban of sightseeing flights.

However, the chairman of the Eastern Helicopter Council says the flight was not a tourist flight and banning them would not have prevented this tragedy.

NTSB begins investigation into East River chopper crash1 killed when helicopter crashes into East River

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