A second Connecticut man has died after a helicopter crashed along a Nevada highway in a scenic area west of Las Vegas last week.
The Clark County Coroner's Office in Nevada told KSNV, 3 News Las Vegas, that Howard Jameson, 27, of New Fairfield, died as a result of injuries he sustained in the helicopter crash at Red Rock Canyon that also killed 53-year-old Scott Socquet, of Milford.
Both men were in a four-seat Robinson R44 when it crashed near the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area visitor center on Oct. 23.
Jameson was a passenger in the plane and was in critical condition after the crash.
A Tennessee-based car racing organization called “The Great Race” posted a statement about the crash and said Jameson and Socquet families have been part of their organization. They said Jameson was a three-year veteran of the racing group and Socquet was his brother.
“Tragedy has hit the Jameson and Socquet Great Race families as three-year veteran Howard (Ben) Jameson and his brother Scott Socquet have been killed in a helicopter crash outside of Las Vegas. Howard is the youngest son of Jesse and Linda Jameson, Great Racers from New Fairfield, Connecticut. Scott is Linda’s oldest son,” the statement on the Great Race website says. https://www.greatrace.com/news/great-racer-howard-jameson-and-brother-killed-in-helicopter-crash.html
The Great Race says the Socquets and the Jamesons joined the Great Race in 2017 as a family adventure.
“Howard and I had dinner recently in Chattanooga where he has been working for the family’s company, Vibranalysis, to repair the Chickamauga Locks on the Tennessee River,” Great Race director Jeff Stumb said in a statement. “He was so excited about the new car for the 2020 Great Race and about his upcoming wedding.”
“The Jameson and Socquet families are still kind of new to the Great Race, but they quickly became fixtures on the event because they have so much fun on the race and are so friendly,” Stumb said in a statement. “And Linda has become a huge supporter of the X-Cup scholarship program. I just hurt for Linda, Jesse, Neil, Bill and the entire family.”
Officials said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.