November 7, 2013 - On Tuesday about 12:50 PM a
chronically ill California man, Greg McFadden,
61 had gone up in a helicopter for a 30-minute
scenic tour of the Southern California coast
provided by Cardinal Air Services located at
Fullerton Municipal Airport, Orange County,
California. What was to be a normal flight
turned into any thing but normal.
15 minuets into the flight at or about 1,000
feet over Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, McFadden
unbuckled his seatbelt, opened the Robinson R44
helicopter door over open water and jumped out
to his death. The pilot, Corbin Street, 25
attempted to grab McFadden by the arm to prevent
him from jumping from the helicopter but was
unable to maintain control over the helicopter
and hold McFadden.
McFadden had booked the $310 flight for himself
and his son, but he was the only one who showed
up for the flight. It is believed that McFadden
committed suicide due to health issues he had
been dealing with for the past 15 years.
On Sunday McFadden had booked a scenic
helicopter tour for two with OC Helicopters at
John Wayne Airport for a Monday flight. On
Monday McFadden had showed up alone and hours
before the flight. The owner, Ric Webb reported
McFadden was dressed wearing shorts, with
flip-flops and was carrying a ripped plastic
grocery bag. The owner became concerned with his
behavior and appearance.