A third woman has died of injuries sustained in last month's tragic helicopter crash into the East River. The Post reports that 60-year-old Harriet Nicholson died this morning at Bellevue Hospital of "respiratory complications of near drowning." 40-year-old Sonia Marra was trapped inside the sunken helicopter and died after rescuers couldn't extract her, and her partner 43-year-old Helen Tamaki passed away from complications a week after the crash. Paul Nicholson and pilot Paul Dudley survived with minor injuries.
Dudley, an experienced pilot, was taking his family friends on a tour in his helicopter when he lost control of the aircraft shortly after take-off. The helicopter was inspected just two days before the accident, and the NTSB has ruled out engine failure. A full report won't be available for at least nine months.