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Helicopter Crashes in East River Off Manhattan, Officials Report

12 March, 2018, 05:54 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Helicopter crashes in East River in New York City

A tourist helicopter plunged into the East River Sunday night, leaving at least five people trapped inside the sinking vessel, police sources said.

The New York City Fire Department tweeted that its members were with police at the location near 91st Street in Manhattan.

In a separate statement, the Coast Guard said five people had been recovered from the helicopter. It's reportedly upside down in the river.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said in a post on Twitter there was "at least one survivor, at least two fatalities".

The other three were taken to hospital in critical condition.




NY 1 television, citing police sources, reported that five of the six people flying in the helicopter had died, with only the pilot surviving. Six people were on the helicopter, including the pilot. At the time, the temperature was below 40 degrees Farenheit (4 degrees Celsius). In the video the helicopter appears to hit the water and then tip over.

One person was seen being pulled from the water onto a raft after the crash, one witness said.

"It kind of hit sideways and just flipped over", Brianna Jesme, an Upper East Side resident told Reuters TV.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

This is a developing story.

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