Bell 206 Jet Ranger Crashes in New York’s East River

A Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter crashed into the East River on October 4, 2011, killing one passenger and injuring three others. The helicopter, according to an article in the New York Times, crashed moments after takeoff. The pilot reported that the helicopter was approximately 15 feet into the air and in the process of making a rightward turn when the engine failed and control of the aircraft was lost.

Sonia Marra, 40, a tourist from Sydney, Australia, drowned when the helicopter sank into the river. Harriet Nicholson and Helen Tamaki were reported to be in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital Center; Paul Nicholson was treated and released at NYU Langone Medical Center. The pilot, Paul Dudley, was uninjured. Ms. Marra was a resident of the Newtown area of Sydney and had been the owner of a favorite restaurant, Soni’s.

The helicopter was built in 1976 and that model of helicopter has been associated with other fatalities. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.