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Monday, August 10, 2009

NTSB Investigates Hudson River Midair

As divers continue the search Monday for the two remaining victims in the Hudson River, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun investigating the cause of Saturday’s midair collision involving a Piper PA32 Saratoga and a Eurocopter AS350 in New York. NTSB dispatched a team of 10 investigators to the scene shortly after the crash, which occurred around noon on Aug. 8 over the Hudson. Robert Gretz, senior air safety investigator, will lead the team, with NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman serving as the principal spokesperson. Meanwhile, authorities have recovered seven bodies from the river through Monday morning. A total of nine people were involved in the accident, with six onboard the helicopter and three in the Piper. Liberty Helicopter Sightseeing Tours operated the helicopter, and police have identified the pilot as Jeremy Clark, 32. The passengers on the helicopter—all tourists from Bologna, Italy—were identified as 49-year-old Fabio and 15-year-old Giacomo Gallazzi, 51-year-old Michele and 16-year-old Filippo Norelli, and Tiziana Pedroni, 44. The owner and pilot of the PA32 was Steven Altman, 60, and the two passengers were Daniel Altman, 49, and his son, Douglas Altman, 16.
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