One Month Later, 3rd Woman Dies in NYC Copter Crash

Sightseeing tour ends in tragedy for family
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2011 8:11 AM CST
One Month Later, 3rd Woman Dies in NYC Copter Crash
From left: Paul Nicholson, his step-daughter Sonia Marra, her mother Harriet Nicholson, and Marra’s lifetime partner, Helen Tamaki, pose for a photo near the River Cafe in New York on Oct. 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Nicholson Family Photo)

Last month’s New York City helicopter crash has claimed a third victim. Harriet Nicholson, 60, died yesterday from "respiratory complications of near-drowning"—meaning a lack of oxygen to her brain—the AP reports. The English tourist was to take a sightseeing tour with her husband, daughter, and daughter’s partner when the pilot lost control and crashed into the East River shortly after takeoff on Oct. 4. Nicholson’s 40-year-old daughter was found dead after the accident, and her partner died a week later. The pilot and Nicholson’s husband survived. (More New York City stories.)

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