NYC helicopter crash victims identified as firefighter, journalist, tourists

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

Those onboard the private Eurocopter AS3 50 included tourists, a journalist and a firefighter. The helicopter pilot, Richard Vance, was the only survivor.

The helicopter, chartered for a photo shoot tour, crashed into a frigid East River around 7 p. m. on March 11. Vance radioed that the helicopter had “engine failure” seconds before the accident. Researchers are looking into whether one of the passenger’s suitcases could have accidentally make the ga shut off button on board.

Liberty Helicopters, a company are stationed in Kearny, New Jersey, that operated the sightseeing helicopter, said it is “focused on supporting the families affected by this tragic collision and on fully cooperating with the FAA and NTSB investigations.”

Here’s a look at the lives lost in the crash.

Carla Vallejos Blanco

Carla Vallejos Blanco was a 29 -year-old tourist from Argentina. ( Facebook)

Carla Vallejos Blanco was a 29 -year-old tourist visiting New York City from Argentina with a friend, a spokesperson with the Argentinian consulate told Fox News.

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

The young woman had visited New York before, according to Argentinian newspaper Clarin. She had a degree in advertising.

Trevor Cadigan

Trevor Cadigan, 26, appears to have posted an Instagram video of the helicopter ride before the crash. ( Instagram)

Trevor Cadigan, a 26 -year-old videographer, was among those killed in the helicopter crash. He was a former intern with WF-AATV in Dallas.

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

According to WFAA, Cadigan graduated from Southern Methodist University, where he majored in journalism. He lately moved to New York City to pursue a career with news website Business Insider, where he had previously interned, according to WNBC-TV.

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

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

Brian McDaniel

Brian McDaniel, 26, was visiting New York City. He was a member of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, it said in a statement. ( Dallas Fire-Rescue via AP)

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

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

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

“Despite his short tenure, hearts are heavy with grief as we not only try to come to grips with his loss departmentally, but to also be there in every style that we can for his family, ” Dallas Fire-Rescue said in a statement.

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

“He was a firefighter here in Dallas, making his living by helping as many people as he could each day. He was that kind of person – helping others before himself. The 12 years of our friendship doesn’t end here brother, ” Masinter said.

McDaniel left with his parents and an older brother.

Tristan Hill

Tristan Hill had a passion for helping youth, according to his brother. ( LinkedIn)

Tristan Hill, 29, was one of the people killed on 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 graduated from 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 would always lend a hand to those who needed it.

His brother, Brendan Hill, told the New York Post that Tristan was dedicated to helping younger people. Proportion of that passion included working with NBA players to raise funds for a basketball program and scholarships in Reno, Nevada, two brothers said.

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

Daniel Thompson

Daniel Thompson, 34, was also killed in the accident. Additional information on Thompson wasn’t 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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