5 killed in helicopter crash into East River

NEW YORK — All five passengers aboard a helicopter that crashed into New York City’s East River were confirmed dead early Monday morning by a NYPD spokesman.

‏A helicopter crashed in the East River on Sunday night. It was upside down in the water.
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The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water, officials said. He was rescued by a tugboat.

The helicopter, a private charter hired for a photo shoot, went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence.

Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter shows the red helicopter land hard in the water and then capsize, its rotors slapping at the water.

The passengers were recovered by police and fire department divers, who had to remove them from tight harnesses while they were upside down, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

“It took awhile for the divers to get these…

Original published: 2018-03-12 04:26:20 Read the full New York City News here


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