Statement of Rep. Maloney on East River helicopter crash

Oct 4, 2011
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents the East Side in Congress, issued the following statement in response to the helicopter crash in the East River this afternoon:

“I am saddened and deeply concerned about the helicopter crash today near the 34th Street heliport, and my heart goes out to the victims and their families.  

“There have been at least 28 helicopter crashes in our city over the last three decades.  Federal transportation officials should investigate not only the causes of this crash, but also whether it is safe to have such a high volume of helicopter traffic over our densely-populated city.  Indeed, had this most recent crash occurred over land rather than water, the accident’s toll could have been far higher.

“For years, I have called on the FAA to increase its regulation of helicopter travel over New York.  This latest crash is further evidence that the FAA needs to seriously consider whether or not it makes sense to continue to permit non-essential helicopter traffic originating in Manhattan.”