Five passengers in a helicopter chartered for a photo shoot died after the aircraft crashed into the East River on Sunday, March 11, 2018, the NYPD said.
The pilot of the Liberty Helicopters tour craft, identified by law-enforcement sources as Richard Vance, 33, freed himself and was treated at a hospital and released, officials said.
The passengers were identified by police as Brian McDaniel, 26; Trevor Cadigan, 26; Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29; Tristian Hill, 29; and Daniel Thompson, 34.
A photo posted to Instagram on Sunday, March 11, 2018, by Trevor Cadigan shows Cadigan smiling and laughing as the helicopter that later crashed in the East River took off. Brian McDaniel, his friend, was sitting behind him, giving a thumbs-up.
Tristan Hill, a Galena, Nev., High School graduate and local basketball mentor was among the five passengers killed when a private charter helicopter crashed into the East River in New York City on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Trevor Cadigan, a former intern at Texas radio station WFAA and son of its Production Manager Jerry Cadigan, was one of five passengers who died in a helicopter crash in New York's East River on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Cadigan, 26, graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in journalism and had recently moved to New York City to begin a career with Business Insider.
Brian McDaniel, 26, an officer with Dallas Fire-Rescue in Texas, who was on vacation in New York, was one of five passengers who died in a helicopter crash in the East River on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29, who was from Argentina, was one of five passengers who died in a helicopter crash in New York's East River on Sunday, March 11, 2018.