Brian McDaniel, a Dallas firefighter at Station 36, was among the five people who were killed when a helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River on Sunday night.
The pilot and sole survivor, Richard Vance, could be heard saying “Mayday, mayday, mayday” during the crash on Sunday during an emergency radio transmission; the person at the other end of the transmission reportedly could not make out what the pilot was saying.
The pilot reportedly blamed the crash on engine failure; the pilot himself managed to free himself from the helicopter and was rescued by a tugboat. Emergency divers had to remove the passengers from tight harnesses within the vehicle, which was knocked upside-down under the water. The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation over the crash to find more information.
Who is Brian McDaniel?
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McDaniel is believed to be a Dallas firefighter. The other victims were identified as video journalist Trevor Cadigan, tourist Carla Vallejos Blanco and helicopter employees Tristan Hill and Daniel Thompson, according to New York Daily News.
McDaniel’s 26-year-old brother, Jason, confirmed that his brother died in the crash:
“He loved his job, loved his friends and family and loved adventure.”
According to Time, McDaniel was believed to be on vacation in New York at the time of the crash. For the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, McDaniel had been a fire rescue officer for nearly to years, also working for Fire Station 36.
Although he was single and had no children at the time of the crash, he was survived by his family in Denber, including his parents and his older brother.