Police Identify Pilot, Passenger Of Helicopter That Crashed Near South Brunswick School

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police have released the identities of two people critically injured Wednesday during a crash landing of a helicopter.

The pilot is 27-year-old Edwin Eilbacher of Hillsborough, N.J. His passenger is 44-year-old photographer Julia Armstrong-Robertson of Newark, Del.

Both are in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

The two were aboard a Robinson R22 copter that made a crash landing Wednesday morning about 100 feet behind the Indian Fields Elementary School in South Brunswick. The school was not in session.

Armstrong-Robertson is a freelance photographer and the owner of the Delaware-based Aero-Imaging, Inc. She had hired the helicopter for an aerial photo shoot in Dayton, N.J.

The helicopter is owned by Nassau Helicopters of Princeton.

The FAA is investigating.

Do you have children that attend Indian Fields Elementary? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • LL

    No, in the R22 the pilot is on the right. Julia was on the left. I’ve flown her on several photo flights (fixed-wing, not helicopter), and hope she recovers.

  • DS

    The passenger was not a “guy”, her name is Julia and she has a husband with terminal cancer and they have a baby. It’s so tragic.

  • Bell Toller

    That looks like a very small helicopter to fly in…..is it safe?

  • iggy

    police said: the guy on the left was the pilot, and the guy on the right was the passenger.

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