At least two people were killed and three others were injured in the Sunday evening helicopter crash in New York City’s East River, according to authorities (see videos below).
CBS News reports that six people were on board the helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350, when it went down at around 7 p.m. Sunday. One person was rescued by a tugboat while five others were “recovered by divers,” the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.
From CBS: The pilot freed himself from the chopper, but the others were unable to free themselves, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said in a news conference Sunday evening. Divers with the city’s police and fire department were able to free the passengers, he added.
Three of the victims were taken to nearby hospitals in critical condition and two were pronounced dead at the scene, Nigro said.
Authorities did not identify the names of the pilot or passengers.
The report continues: The helicopter reported an engine failure during the mayday call to air traffic control, according to audio posted to liveatc.net. The audio revealed that the helicopter was upside down in the water as rescue boats arrived at the scene.
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