5 DEAD AFTER HELICOPTER CRASHES INTO NYC EAST RIVER
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — At least two people were killed and three others were in critical condition Sunday night after a helicopter crashed in the East River, the NYPD said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said a Eurocopter AS350 went down in the river near the northern end of Roosevelt Island at around 7 p.m.
The NYPD said there were six people on board. CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported the pilot survived and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.
“The pilot freed himself. The others did not,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
The FAA initially said the helicopter was inverted in the water, but the NYPD later said it was submerged and upside down. Numerous NYPD and FDNY units were on the scene. Several divers entered the water, which was about 40 degrees, officials said.
“It’s cold water. It was sinking really fast,” Mary Lee, 66, told the New York Post. “By the time we got out here, we couldn’t see it. It was under water.”
The NYPD said the helicopter is owned by Liberty Tours and prior to the crash was in the air doing a photo-shoot.
NTSB investigating crash today of helicopter into New York City's East River. Team arriving in a.m. For details on media briefings and other news, check @NTSB_Newsroom
— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) March 12, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that a team would arrive on the scene on Monday morning.
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