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Argentine among 5 killed in NYC helicopter crash

Argentine among 5 killed in NYC helicopter crash

Argentina's NY consulate on Monday identified one victim as Carla Vallejos Blanco, an Argentinian tourist who just celebrated her 29th birthday 10 days ago.

McDaniel was a Dallas fire officer; Cadigan was a journalist originally from Dallas who recently moved to NY.

"Despite his short tenure, hearts are heavy with grief", the department said in a statement.

Business Insider says Trevor Cadigan was "smart, talented, and ambitious" and "made a big contribution" during an internship there.

Tristan Hill, 29, and a 29-year-old Argentine tourist, Carla Vallejos Blanco, died in the crash, NBC New York reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are conducting an investigation into the causes of the crash.

The helicopter in Sunday's crash, however, took off from Kearny, New Jersey, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website.

Thompson was also president of the nonprofit Young New Yorkers' Chorus, which memorialized him in a post Monday night. Investigators said the helicopter was flying too high.

Cadigan shared a video on his Instagram social media account of what appeared to be himself and others smiling and laughing as they took off in the helicopter on Sunday evening.

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Mike Isler, an aerial technician, said he has worked with Liberty Helicopters to schedule more than 50 flights over the last 10 years for a variety of film-production jobs.

"It was sinking really fast", Mary Lee, 66, told the New York Post. "It was under water".

The company referred inquiries to authorities, saying it was focused on the victims' families and the investigation. According to CBS, his LinkedIn profile says he has worked for Liberty Helicopters for nearly two years and has prior experience flying choppers with another company in CT. His current commercial pilot license was issued in September 2011, according to FAA records.

Another bystander, Susan Larkin, told the Associated Press she went down to see rescue boats in the river and a police helicopter circling overhead, hovering low over the water. Liberty Helicopters offers both private charters and sightseeing tours popular with tourists.

Liberty Helicopters has been involved in at least two other crashes, according to news accounts, including a mid-air collision with a small plane in August 2009 over the Hudson River that killed nine people.

Two passengers died at the scene, and three were taken to hospital in a critical condition, but later died.

Pilot Richard Vance, 33, who was the only person on-board to survive the crash, told investigators that one of the passengers' bags may have inadvertently hit the chopper's emergency shutoff button, sending the aircraft down, a senior law enforcement official told CNN. He said he thought something was unusual when he saw the helicopter flying low before it crashed into the East River, so he started shooting video.

Eight people were onboard, but no one was seriously hurt.


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