Open-Door Helicopter Lift Offs Banned From NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City on Wednesday officially banned open-door helicopter flights from taking off within the five boroughs after last month’s deadly helicopter crash.

The Economic Development Corporation won’t, however, affect helicopters that take off from New Jersey, like the one that crashed into the East River. Five people drowned in March when they were unable to free themselves from their harnesses after the aircraft rolled over into the water. The pilot, who was not wearing a harness, escaped with only minor injuries.