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Should Uber Copter be banned after the NYC helicopter crash? Not so fast

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11.06.2019

The timing could not have been worse for Uber. Yesterday’s Manhattan helicopter crash—which killed the solo-flying pilot—came just five days after the company announced a helicopter shuttle to JFK airport and on the eve of it’s Elevate Summit, which lays out a plan for thousands of daily air taxi flights over American and international cities in the coming years. At least two prominent politicians have made the connection.

“Is that really necessary? Is that safe?” asked City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in an interview with the New York Post in which he referenced Uber Copter and Monday’s crash.

“I truly, deeply believe that non-essential flights should be banned from New York City,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents the part of Manhattan where the fatal crash landing........

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