The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a Go Team to investigate today's midair collision over the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey of a small airplane and a tourist helicopter.
At about noon today Eastern Daylight Time, a Piper PA32 (N71MC) and a Eurocopter AS350 (N401LH) collided and crashed into the Hudson River. Local authorities report that they have found no survivors among the 9 persons believed to have been aboard both aircraft.
Senior NTSB Air Safety Investigator Robert Gretz will serve as Investigator-in-Charge of the 10-member team. NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman will accompany the team and serve as principal spokesperson for the on-scene investigation.
Keith Holloway is the NTSB press officer joining the team in New York.
Once in New York, Mr. Holloway may be reached on his cell phone at 202-557-1350. Media briefings will be announced when they are scheduled.