Crash survivor’s family speaks out in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The family of the lone survivor of a deadly tour helicopter crash near the Grand Canyon said Monday that ”God kept her alive.”
Chana Daskal, 25, remained in slightly improved but critical condition in Las Vegas at University Medical Center. She suffered burns over 80 percent of her body in the crash that killed six people, including her husband.
Hospital spokesman Rick Plummer said Daskal, the mother of two boys aged 5 and 3 months, is in intensive care and has not spoken since being admitted.
At Daskal’s side are her mother Esther Braun; identical twin sister Brache Rosenberg; another sister, Ruchy Eisdorfer; her brother and her brother-in-law. Daskal’s father Isaac Braun will return to Las Vegas after flying to New York to attend Monday’s funeral services for the five passengers who died in Friday’s crash.
During a news conference, the family thanked people for their support, including Mayor Oscar Goodman, the local Jewish community, family and friends in New York and the UMC staff.
”No one can understand how we feel,” a tearful Rosenberg said reading a written statement. ”We believe she’s alive because of God.”
Daskal’s husband David was among those who died in Friday’s crash of a Las Vegas-based Papillon Grand Canyon helicopter.
The crash killed five tourists, part of a group of about 20 family and friends visiting from New York, and the pilot, Kevin Innocenti, 27, of Henderson, Nev. The helicopter went down on a rugged hillside near the canyon’s western end, 60 miles east of Las Vegas.
The Rabbi Hershy Ten of the Los Angeles-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation, who is helping support the family, said Daskal is getting excellent medical treatment and the community has been supportive.
”No one ever sees Las Vegas in this light,” Ten said.
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