One moment they were smiling for an Instagram video, the next they were dead

Trevor Cadigan helicopter crash

Credit: Trevor Cadigan/Instagram
Trevor Cadigan helicopter crash Credit: Trevor Cadigan/Instagram

A haunting video shows the inside of a helicopter moments before it crashed in New York on Sunday killing all five passengers.

It was posted on Instagram by journalist Trevor Cadogan who is named among those who died in the tragedy.

As the chopper took off Mr Cadogan (26) is seen smiling in the footage while fellow passenger also smile and give a thumbs up.

The copter had been hired for a photo shoot but crashed in the East River  shortly after take off at about 7 pm.

 Only the pilot Richard Vance survived and he told officials he believes a passenger’s bag may have inadvertently hit the emergency fuel shutoff button.
Vance (33) was able to escape as the aircraft began to flip upside down in the water and he was rescued by a tugboat.
However all five passengers were unable to undo their harnesses as the helicopter was swept down the river, while submerged in 50 feet of frigid water.
Also killed were firefighter Brian McDaniel (26),  29-year-old Argentine tourist Carla Velasquez Blanco and two helicopter employees, Daniel Thompson and Tristan Hill.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Negro said it took a while for the divers to get the passengers out although they worked as fast as they could do.
Witnesses to the accident near Roosevelt Island said they were alerted by the loud noise of the chopper before watching it hit the water.  “We noticed a red helicopter going full speed towards the water, it looked very surreal,” one of them said.  “Next thing we know it’s approaching the water slowly and then it crashed and sunk.

.The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

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