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Deadly Helicopter Crash In NYC

Five tourists were killed Sunday night when a helicopter they were flying in crash-landed into the East River in New York City, according to reports. The pilot was the only person on board to survive.

The landing, which was caught on video, seemed to be fairly soft, but the major problem quickly came into play when the still-spinning rotor touched the water and looked to have propelled the helicopter into flipping over, with only its landing gear above water.

Aside from the video of the crash landing, other footage of the pilot after he was rescue has emerged on social media.

The entire flight was just 11 minutes long, according to the New York Daily News, which identified the pilot as a 33-year-old Connecticut resident whose name was not immediately released.

“There were six people on the helicopter,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at the scene. “The pilot freed himself. The other five did not. The police, fire divers entered the water and removed the other five.”

HBCUs Dance At The NCAA Tournament

Two historically Black colleges are set to play against one another in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this week after each won its respective conference championship over the weekend. The matchup is historic, as teams from Black colleges typically gets matched up against predominately white institutions.

The fraternity of Black college coaches will be that much smaller on Wednesday, when North Carolina Central University plays against Texas Southern University in the so-called First Four in Dayton, Ohio.

North Carolina Central head coach LeVelle Moton told the News & Observer that even though he is friendly with Texas Southern coach Mike Davis, the last thing he wanted was the tournament’s only two HBCUs playing each other.

“I didn’t want that,” he said. “Soon as I saw it on the screen I knew what it was. The big picture is that we are happy to be here because there are 200 and something programs that didn’t make it, who are probably crying right now. I’ve been on that side of the coin, so I’d rather feel it on this side.”

Where Is Juelz Santana?

Juelz Santana had not surrendered to police as of early Monday morning for allegedly being found with a gun at a New Jersey airport on Friday. Reports circulated Sunday that the rapper was set to turn himself in that morning, but there haven’t been any reports confirming that he had given himself up after fleeing Newark Airport when the TSA noticed a gun in one of his carry-on bags going through security screening.

“As TSA started going through his bag, he ran out of the airport and jumped in a cab,” an agent told local news outlet the South Passaic Daily Voice. In the process, Santana reportedly left both of his bags behind as well as an ID card.

Santana, a convicted felon, is likely facing some serious prison time and a fine, according to state and federal laws.


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