Reporter, tourist and firefighter among NYC helicopter crash victims

Firefighter Killed In Helicopter Crash Has Colorado Ties

A Dallas firefighter and an SMU journalism graduate were among the five people killed when a helicopter went down in Manhattan's East River on Sunday night.

Brian McDaniel, a two-year veteran of DFR who was assigned to Station 36, was in NY, visiting close high school friend Trevor Cadigan over the weekend, when the two boarded a Eurocopter AS350 hired for a private photo shoot Sunday evening.

Brian McDaniel, a 26-year-old firefighter with the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, was killed in New York City on March 11, 2018, when a helicopter crashed into the East River.

Following McDaniel's death, Dallas Fire and Rescue said: "Officer McDaniel was single, and had no children, but was immediately survived by his father, of Dallas; and his mother and older brother, of Denver, CO".

He says McDaniel was also a stand out football player.

The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. "So it was truly a joyful moment". The pilot of the helicopter was able to free himself and was the only survivor.

Joseph Masinter says McDaniel was his best friend from their middle school days at The Shelton School.

Trevor Cadigan was an intern at media organization Business Insider until a few weeks ago, according to a company spokesman. He was vacationing in NY with his own young son when he heard about the crash, and told WFAA that his "heart sunk" when he heard Cadigan was on board. Trevor and McDaniel became friends as students at Bishop Lynch. "This is why this is such a huge loss to us, it's a tragedy in every way", Peterson said.

"He was a quiet kid, but you always knew he was in the room", said Tony Pederson, the chair of the SMU Journalism Department and one of Cadigan's professors.

Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter shows the red helicopter land hard in the water and then capsize, its rotors slapping at the water.

Authorities said the helicopter is owned by Liberty Helicopter Tours, which on its website calls itself the "largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter service in the Northeast".

"I had no idea that would be the last time I saw Brian, that's for sure".

Emergency divers had to remove the passengers from tight harnesses while they were upside down.

It's unclear what caused Sunday's deadly crash.

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