Butler Grad Among Five Killed In Sunday's NYC Helicopter Crash
INDIANAPOLIS – A Butler University graduate was one of the five people who died in a helicopter crash in New York City Sunday night.
Daniel Thompson, 34, died in the crash in the East River Sunday.
Thompson graduated from Butler in 2006 with a major in arts administration.
According to The New York Times, Thompson worked for the helicopter company.
Thompson was the board president and a member of the Young New Yorkers' Chorus, according to the organization. The Young New Yorkers' Chorus posted a statement about Thompson’s death on its Facebook page:
It is with deep sadness that the Young New Yorkers' Chorus (YNYC) confirms the death of their Board President and chorus...Posted by Young New Yorkers' Chorus on Monday, March 12, 2018
The helicopter was part of Liberty Helicopters, a tour company in New York. The helicopter's pilot, Richard Vance, was the only one to survive the crash.
The pilot said one of the passenger's bags may have hit the emergency fuel shutoff button, leading to the crash that killed five passengers, including Brian McDaniel, 26; Trevor Cadigan, 26; Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29; and Tristan Hill, 29.
The crash is still under investigation.