Helicopter crash survivor: 'God, I'm not ready to die'


by KING 5 News


Posted on July 13, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 13 at 5:31 PM

One of the passengers aboard the helicopter that crashed into Puget Sound near Kingston spoke today.

All three people on board the helicopter survived with minor injuries. One woman in the back of the cabin screamed for help.

"I was screaming, 'God, help me do something." I was screaming at him, 'Do something! Release me! I really want to survive, I really do,'" said passenger Tatyana Kutsenko. "I was worried about my kids. I have six kids and I said, 'God, I'm not ready to die. Come on.'"

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The wreckage was set to be removed Sunday, but that operation has been pushed back. For now, the wreckage is laying on the beach.

The helicopter had come from Seattle to a home on Sandy Beach Lane Northeast.

When it was taking off again around 3:30 p.m., it crashed into the water during low tide.

Witnesses say the helicopter was flying erractically when it feel about 30 feet into six feet of water.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash.