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Helicopter crashes into New York City's East River; two dead as rescue operations continue

New York: A helicopter has crashed into New York City's East River, killing at least two people.

A spokesman for the mayor's office, Eric Phillips, confirmed the fatalities on Twitter on Monday. He says at least one person has been rescued.

Screenshot made from video provided by the New York City Police Department shows the scene of the helicopter crash in the East River. AP

Screenshot made from video provided by the New York City Police Department shows the scene of the helicopter crash in the East River. AP

The helicopter, a model used by tourist companies, went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence. A small armada of rescue boats searched for survivors.

Video posted on Twitter shows a red helicopter land hard in the water and then flip on its side as its rotors beat the water.

News stations showed video of rescue boats at the spot where the helicopter crashed.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the Eurocopter AS350 went down just after 7 pm (2.30 am IST).

It was not immediately known how many people were aboard the aircraft.


Updated Date: Mar 12, 2018 06:58 AM

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