Dallas Firefighter Is Among the 5 Killed in NYC Helicopter Crash

Rescue units are seen staging by the East River after a tour helicopter crashed

Five people were killed when a helicopter with six people onboard crashed into the East River in New York City Sunday night.

Fire Rescue Officer, Brian McDaniel June 12, 1991 - March 11, 2018 Hired: May 2016 Assigned to Fire Station 36, C-Shift Monday, March 12, 2018, Dallas Fire-Rescue received confirmation that one of its own, Fire-Rescue Officer, Brian McDaniel, tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash while on vacation in NY.

McDaniel, 26, worked the "C-shift" at DFR Station 36 in West Dallas. The fire department said McDaniel was single and had no children but that he was survived by his family in Denver, including his father, mother and older brother.

Evans said McDaniel will be missed.

The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched investigators on Monday.

"He became a firefighter". According to NBC News, the pilot was able to free himself and was taken to the hospital in what was described as "OK" condition.

Cadigan recently moved from Dallas to NY, taking a job as a video journalist, living his dream.

Joseph Masinter says McDaniel was his best friend from their middle school days at The Shelton School. 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. Cadigan was a graduate of SMU.

"It's a student like Trevor that gave us a great deal of optimism about the future of journalism and the future of news media", Professor Pederson said of his former student. The helicopter crash landed in the East River, flipped upside down and then submerged into the cold water, authorities said. "This is why this is such a huge loss to us, it's a tragedy in every way", Peterson said. "In that, I saw this incredible birth of a young man who found something that he really, really wanted to do".

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".

When emergency workers reached the helicopter, the passengers were tightly harnessed and had to be cut out, Fire Department of New York Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

The cause of the crash is still unclear. In a statement, the company said it is "focused on supporting the families affected by this tragic incident and on fully cooperating with the FAA and NTSB investigations".

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