Two dead, three critical after New York City helicopter crash

UPDATE @ 12.00 PM | TWO people are dead and another three are critical after a tour helicopter crashed into the East River in New York City.

The Eurocopter AS350 went down near Roosevelt Island around 7.00pm Sunday local time, sparking a major rescue operation.

At a press conference following the fatal crash, NYPD confirmed the chopper was owned by Liberty Helicopter Tours and was being used as a private charter for a photoshoot.


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Police divers desperately worked to free five people from the wreckage after the pilot managed to get himself out.

Of the six people on board the helicopter, two died at the scene while three others were rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

The sixth person, the pilot, was also taken to hospital.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.

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EARLIER @ 10.30 AM | A MAJOR rescue operation is underway after a helicopter crashed into the East River in New York City.

It’s understood the Eurocopter AS350 went down near Roosevelt Island around 7.00pm Sunday local time.

“The helicopter reportedly is inverted in the water,” The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a tweet.

“Local authorities will confirm the number of people on board, their names and conditions.”

It’s understood at least six people were on board the chopper, with five still trapped inside.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.

More to come.

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