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New Video Shows Hudson River Crash of Plane and Helicopter


New video of last weekend's crash of a helicopter and small plane over the Hudson river has surfaced. It was shot by an Italian tourist and reveals the frightening moment when the two crafts collided and appears to show the plane attempting to bank up at the very last minute when it was much too late.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

An air traffic controller and his supervisor have been suspended in investigations following the crash. The controller was on the phone with his girlfriend at the time and the supervisor wasn't even in the tower, the NYDN reports:

"Horrified officials called their actions 'unacceptable,' even though they were not blamed for Saturday's crash. Both controllers - who were not immediately identified - have been suspended and will likely be fired. Crash probes by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration revealed the two controllers seriously deviated from their assignments at the time of the collision."

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  1. I suppose it's too much to ask that my disaster porn be shot with a steadicam. But really, do they have to let Michael J. Fox hold the camera?

    Posted by: Focus | Aug 14, 2009 10:39:36 AM

  2. I sure hope the unfunny comment above is deleted soon.

    Posted by: Brent | Aug 14, 2009 11:25:46 AM

  3. Speaking as someone who was a photographer but can no longer take photographs due to tremors, I find the post by "focus" to be very offensive and insensitive. Very poor taste in humor if it actually was an attempt at humor and not an outright insult to people with disabilities.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 14, 2009 12:01:05 PM

  4. "The controller was on the phone with his girlfriend"

    Stupid breeders, they're a menace to society.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Aug 14, 2009 12:24:02 PM

  5. How the hell did the pilot(plane) not see the helicopter??! WTF?

    Posted by: nikko | Aug 14, 2009 2:06:52 PM

  6. @Nikko: It's true, one would think they would have seen each other. The truth is, they're on a directed path which is supposed to be clear for them. When traveling at a very high ground speed (3 or 4 times as fast as one might travel in a car on an open road), it can be nearly impossible to see peripheral objects at a distance that are moving toward you. With any kind of ATC clearances given, they weren't looking for traffic because they hadn't been advised of any; or if they were, they were advised improperly.

    @Focus: Shame on you.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 14, 2009 3:07:05 PM

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