Another Briton in New York sightseeing helicopter crash dies

Ruth Doherty
Briton in New York sightseeing helicopter crash dies
Briton in New York sightseeing helicopter crash dies


A third woman in the New York helicopter sightseeing crash has died - a month after the accident.

The New York medical examiner's office confirmed the 60-year-old British tourist Harriet Nicholson died on Sunday following 'respiratory complications of near-drowning', meaning a shortage of oxygen to the brain.

Mrs Nicholson set off on the helicopter ride with her husband, daughter and her daughter's life partner on 4 October, when the pilot lost control and crashed into the East River.

Mrs Nicholson's daughter, Sonia Marra, 40, was found dead at the scene, while her partner, New Zealander Helen Tamaki, 43, died a week later.

Mrs Nicholson's husband Paul, 71, and the pilot, Paul Dudley, 56, both survived.

The group had booked in for a private tour to celebrate Sonia's 40th birthday. Paul and Harriet were based in Portugal, and had jetted to New York to help celebrate Sonia's birthday, as well as Paul's 71st.

Ms Marra and Ms Tamaki were living in Sydney, and Helen had reportedly booked the holiday as a birthday surprise for Sonia.

The crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, according to the Daily Mail.

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