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"Doors off" flights banned in wake of deadly helicopter crash

The recent helicopter tragedy over New York's East River raised a multitude of questions about helicopter and flight safety, and the Federal Aviation Administration has enacted a new ban on "doors off" helicopter flights in its aftermath. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we understand the risks raised by these and other dangerous and defective aircraft components, and we have helped many victims and family members of helicopter and plane crash victims seek appropriate recourse following accidents.

Per, the FAA enacted the ban in an effort to help prevent similar tragedies linked to doors-off helicopters after five passengers lost their lives when they were unable to free themselves from their restraints following the crash. The pilot of the helicopter had a restraint with a quick-release feature, allowing him to free himself, while all passengers onboard had harnesses that lacked quick-release capabilities, ultimately resulting in their deaths.

The deadly accident raises a number of questions, too, about the overall safety of helicopter tours, many of which attract customers looking to capture aerial photographs of cities and land features from above. The National Transportation Safety Board, which continues to investigate the accident, will also explore other safety concerns raised by the incident.

For example, the agency plans to examine whether inexperienced aircraft passengers should reasonably be expected to understand how to safely evacuate an aircraft in the event of an emergency. The agency, too, plans to look into whether preflight safety briefings are comprehensive and thorough enough to provide passengers with the knowledge they need to stay safe. More about aircraft defects and dangers is available on our web page.

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