Inadvertent Activation of the Fuel Shutoff Lever, Subsequent Loss of Engine Power, and Ditching on the East River, Liberty Helicopters Inc.

The National Transportation Safety Board held a public board meeting on Dec. 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m., to determine the probable cause of the fatal crash.

A FlyNYON- branded Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter operated by Liberty Helicopters, Inc., crashed in the East River, New York, March 11, 2018, killing all five passengers and injuring the pilot. Previously released information about the NTSB’s investigation of the accident is available online at

The public docket, which contains information considered in the development of probable cause for the accident, is available online at

The NTSB issued an urgent safety recommendation just eight days after the crash, calling on the FAA to prohibit commercial flights that use passenger harness systems that do not allow for rapid release with minimal difficulty. That urgent safety recommendation was closed-acceptable action taken, July 26, 2018.

WHO:             NTSB investigative staff and board members.
WHAT:           An open to the public board meeting.
WHERE:         NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 410 10th St., SW, Washington, DC.
WHEN:           Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m. (EST)



Watch the board meeeting on the NTSB YouTube Channel



Opening Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Inadvertent Activation of Fuel Shutoff Lever and Subsequent Ditching - Investigator-in-Charge presentation
animated reconstruction on the NTSB YouTube Channel

Airworthiness and Emergency Flotation System

Survival Factors

Human Performance

Operational Factors

Closing Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt



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