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Carla Vallejos Blanco is Killed in Helicopter Crash

EAST RIVER, NEW YORK (March 11, 2018) – Carla Vallejos Blanco, 28, was one of five victims from a deadly helicopter crash on Sunday afternoon.

Around 7 p.m., the five passengers boarded the ill-fated helicopter bound for a photo shoot. Our sources indicate that the pilot may have reported engine failure via a mayday call after take off, less than one mile out. Initial reports state that one of the passenger’s bags may have accidentally hit the emergency fuel shutoff button that caused the engine failure, inducing the engine to lose its fuel and come crashing down into the unforgiving waters of the East River. The chopper remained upside down in the water until a rescue team arrived on the scene.

Carla Vellejos Blanco was a tourist from Argentina that came from the province of Corrientes. She had a degree in Advertising A source indicates that Blanco had been to the city before, back in 2014 and 2016, and had been visiting New York for at least the third time. Blanco had come to the city with her travel companion and had planned on meeting back up with him after the photo-taking chopper tour. When she didn’t show up at the appointed rendezvous, her companion got worried and called the Argentine Consulate in New York.

The cause of Sunday’s tragic helicopter crash is still under investigation by the NTSB, but they have asserted that they want the FAA to ban commercial flight’s use of harness systems that don’t allow easy release during emergencies. Initial findings indicate that the passengers drowned because they were unable to break free from the tightly fastened harnesses that kept passengers strapped into their seats.

“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”

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