Drowning Ruled Cause Of Death For All 5 NYC Helicopter Crash Victims
A New York City medical examiner revealed that all five passengers from Sunday’s helicopter crash died from drowning.
According to reports, the chopper had experienced engine failure right before the crash. Pilot Richard Vance, the only survivor, told police that he considered making an emergency landing in Central Park but believed that New York’s East River might be less dangerous.
Unfortunately, Daniel Thompson, 34, Tristan Hill, 29, Trevor Cadigan, 26, Brian McDaniel, 26, and Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29, who were all strapped into harnesses so they could hang their legs outside the chopper and take photos, were unable to free themselves from the devices when it hit the river Sunday. Rescue divers later had to cut them out.
Liberty Helicopters describes itself as “the largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter service in New York City,” with a fleet of 10 Airbus helicopters. Sunday’s deadly incident was the third time in 11 years one of its helicopters crashed in New York.
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