Chopper that crashed in NYC had just been in shop

By CHRIS HAWLEY | October 12, 2011 | 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter that crashed in New York's East River had been in the shop just two days before the fatal flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Bell 206 helicopter had just wrapped up an annual inspection on Oct. 2.

During an annual inspection, mechanics take much of an aircraft apart and put it together again. The work can take several weeks.

The pilot told the NTSB the nose of the helicopter swung unexpectedly to the left as he was taking off. When he tried to turn right, the aircraft went out of control.

The NTSB issued a preliminary report about the crash on Wednesday. However, it hasn't determined the cause.

One passenger died in the crash; two others were seriously injured. The pilot and another passenger were unhurt.