A sobering reminder of the fragility of human life: the helicopter that crashed in the East River in New York City yesterday was one that I flew on last year.
I heard about the crash on Saturday via several news alerts on my mobile phone. In the back of my mind, I wondered if it was the same helicopter I flew on. But I was having dinner with my brother and put the incident to the back of mind.
This morning, however, reader Andrew left a comment in my Blade trip report review from Manhattan to Newark Airport:
This is the same helicopter that just crashed into the East River – wow.
Sure enough, the Daily Mail has a story on this particular helicopter, which was also used by Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas among other celebrities.
How Safe is a Helicopter?
Slate reports that you are 85x more likely to die in a helicopter crash than a car crash. They admit their figures required “a little speculation” but their methodology appears reasonable to me.
That’s quite a sobering thought to me. The cause of this crash remains unknown.
To the family and friends of the five lost souls: my thoughts and prayers go out to you this day. I’m counting my blessings.
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