Two dead over chopper crash in New York City's East River

Violet Powell
March 12, 2018

Truly shocking. A helicopter went down in New York City's freezing East River, killing 2 passengers. The helicopter is believed to be a Eurocopter AS350 and was reported to be inverted in the water.

The FAA is investigating.

The New York Police and Fire Departments have already been dispatched to the scene.

A spokesman for Mayor Eric Phillips confirmed the deaths. Six people were on the helicopter, including the pilot.

He told The Post: "It looked like it was completely submerged". At the time, the temperature was below 40 degrees Farenheit (4 degrees Celsius).

Witness John Magers, 24, said that within minutes the helicopter disappeared beneath the waves.

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One person managed to get out while five others remained trapped inside the helicopter, according to sources.

Brianna Jesme, 22, an Upper East Side resident who witnessed the crash, told Reuters TV: "It kind of hit sideways and just flipped over".

The Liberty Helicopters chopper had been chartered for a private photo shoot, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft went down off the northern end of Roosevelt Island, between Manhattan and Long Island, around 7:00pm.

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