NYC helicopter crash victims identified as fireman, journalist, tourist



Helicopter crashes in New York City, 5 dead

Liberty tour helicopter crashes in New York’s East River, leaving five passengers dead and one survivor.

Five people were killed after a tourist helicopter crashed into the East River in New York City Sunday evening.

On board of the private Eurocopter AS350 included tourists, a journalist and a fireman. The pilot, Richard Vance, was the only survivor.

The helicopter is chartered for a photo-tour, crashed into a cold East River around 7 a.m. on March 11. Vance over the radio that the helicopter had ‘engine failure” seconds before the crash. Researchers are looking into whether one of the passenger bags may have accidentally hit the fuel shut off button on board.

Liberty Helicopters, a company based in Kearny, New Jersey, in which use is made of the sightseeing helicopter, said that it “aimed at the support of the families affected by this tragic accident and to cooperate fully with the FAA and the NTSB to investigate.”

Here is a look at the lives lost in the crash.

Carla Vallejos Blanco

Carla Vallejos Blanco, a 29-year-old tourist from Argentina.


Carla Vallejos Blanco, a 29-year-old tourist visiting New York City in Argentina with a friend, a spokeswoman at the Argentine consulate told Fox News.

Her friend was not in the helicopter, the spokeswoman said.

The young woman had visited New York before, according to the Argentine newspaper Clarín. She had a degree in advertising.

Trevor Cadigan

Trevor Cadigan, 26, seems to have posted an Instagram video of the helicopter ride for the crash.


Trevor Cadigan, a 26-year-old filmmaker, was one of those killed in the helicopter crash. He was a former intern with WFAA-TV in Dallas.

He was also a son of the old WFAA production manager Jerry Cadigan, the news station reported.

According to WFAA, Cadigan graduated from Southern Methodist University, where he graduated with a degree in journalism. He recently moved to New York to make a career with news website Business Insider, where he had previously held, according to WNBC-TV.

“He was a smart, talented and ambitious young journalist and producer, who was good and made a big contribution,” Business Insider said in a statement to WNBC. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

Cadigan seems to have posted an Instagram video in the last moments before the crash. He was on the helicopter with his high school friend, Brian McDaniel, WNBC reported.

Brian McDaniel

Brian McDaniel, 26, was a visit to New York City. He was a member of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, said in a statement.

(Dallas Fire-Rescue via AP)

Brian McDaniel, 26, was with the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department for nearly two years as director, the station said in a statement.

McDaniel, who was on holiday in New York, died in the crash.

He also worked as a videographer on the side, the Dallas Morning News reported.

“Despite his short tenure, heart heavy with grief because we are not only trying to come to grips with his loss between the different departments, but also be there in every way we can for his family,” Dallas Fire-Rescue said in a statement.

Joe Masinter, who said that he was McDaniel’s best friend, posted a tribute to the fire service on Facebook.

“He was a fireman here in Dallas, makes his living by helping as many people as he can every day. He was the type of person – the help of others for themselves. The 12 years of our friendship doesn’t end here, brother,” Masinter said.

McDaniel left behind his parents and an older brother.

Tristan Hill

Tristan Hill had a passion for helping young people, according to his brother.


Tristan Hill, 29, was one of the people killed aboard the helicopter. He worked for Sightsy, a sight-seeing tour company, the New York Post reported.

His LinkedIn page said he was the director of operations for Sightsy. He is a graduate of Missouri Valley College in 2012 with a degree in business administration, according to the networking site.

Hill was remembered by loved ones on social media as someone who will always lend a hand to those who needed it.

His brother, Brendan Hill, told the New York Post that Tristan was devoted to helping younger people. A part of that passion and work with NBA players to raise money for a basketball program, and the fairs in Reno, Nevada, his brother said.

“He is an incredible man, he spent all his time and all the people around him,” Brendan told the New York Post. “He always took the time to listen to what you had to say. He was a good man.”

Daniel Thompson

Daniel Thompson, 34, was also killed in the crash. Additional information about Thompson was not immediately available.

Fox News’ Shira Bush and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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