/FAA finds potential safety hazards at ‘doors-off’ New Jersey-based chopper company

FAA finds potential safety hazards at ‘doors-off’ New Jersey-based chopper company

Federal officials this week inspected the “doors-off” sightseeing helicopter company responsible for a deadly 2018 chopper crash — and found potential safety violations involving passenger harnesses, sources said.

FAA inspectors on Tuesday visited FlyNYON’s hangar in Kearny, New Jersey, and found potential non-compliance of safety standards relating to the restraints used to keep passengers inside the helicopters as they cruise around Manhattan, the sources said.

FlyNYON has been the subject of an NTSB investigation since one of their choppers crashed into the East River in 2018, killing five people.

The company did not respond to a request for comment.

A spokesperson for Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has harshly criticized the company since the fatal crash, said FlyNYON “remains a safety concern.”

FlyNYON continued on Friday to advertise “doors -off” sightseeing flights — using photos of passengers with their feet dangling out the helicopter doors.

Additional reporting by Ben Feuerherd

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