At least three incidents over the past decade, including the crash Sunday, involved Liberty Helicopters. A number of plane and helicopter crashes over New York City’s East River and Hudson River have claimed lives in the past several years. In 2007, a Liberty Helicopters aircraft carrying eight people crashed into the Hudson River; all passengers survived. Two of the passengers were pronounced dead in the initial hours after the crash; three others died later at a hospital. The 35-second Instagram video Cadigan posted at around 7 p.m. captured some of the last moments of their lives.
Trevor Cadigan was smiling and laughing as the helicopter ascended. His friend, Brian McDaniel, was sitting behind him, flashing a thumbs-up.
Cadigan had just moved to New York, and McDaniel, his friend from back home in Dallas, was visiting. They had spent the weekend sightseeing, and on Sunday evening, boarded a helicopter to capture views of the city from above.
The 35-second Instagram video Cadigan posted at around 7 p.m. captured some of the last moments of their lives. The red helicopter they were riding in had just flown over the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge when it plunged into the frigid waters of the East River near Roosevelt Island, between Manhattan and Queens.
The pilot survived, but Cadigan,...
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