Texas Firefighter, Tourists, And Journalist Among Dead In Manhattan Helicopter Crash

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Anders Hagstrom Justice Reporter
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A Dallas firefighter, an Argentinian tourist, a journalist and two helicopter employees were among the dead in Sunday night’s fatal helicopter crash in Manhattan.

Firefighter Brian McDaniel and video journalist Trevor Cadigan both hailed from Dallas, Texas. The Argentinian tourist and two Liberty Helicopters employees have yet to be named pending the notification of their families, according to the New York Daily News. The pilot, Richard Vance, was the only survivor after an engine failure crashed the craft into the East River.

Cadigan posted a picture of him and others inside the helicopter on Instagram seemingly just before the crash. The post has since been deleted. His brother, Jason McDaniel, confirmed that Trevor was in fact deceased.

“He loved his job, loved his friends and family and loved adventure,” Jason told the Daily News.

Vance can be heard sending a mayday call to LaGuardia Airport moments before the crash, saying he was experiencing an engine failure. A bystander also filmed the crash, showing the Liberty Helicopters craft sinking slowly into the river.


This was the third crash in 11 years for Liberty Helicopters. Nine people were killed in a 2009 crash, and eight others went down in a 2007 crash but were able to survive, according to ABC 7 NY.

The FAA is bringing in investigators to look into the incident Monday. They will determine whether Vance has any fault in the crash and whether he responded correctly to the reported engine failure.

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