Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

At least 2 dead, 1 rescued in helicopter crash

At least 2 dead, 1 rescued in helicopter crash

A tourist helicopter plunged into the East River Sunday night, leaving at least five people trapped inside the sinking vessel, police sources said.

The Eurocopter AS350 went down near the northern end of Roosevelt Island at about 7pm local time, according to a statement from the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Authorities did not immediately say whether there were other people aboard.

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Witnesses said it was underwater within minutes.

It turned upside down in the river, and divers are still searching the area.

Emergency vehicles involved in rescue of downed helicopter in the East River.

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"At least one survivor, at least two fatalities".

NY has seen helicopters crash before, including one in October 2011 that claimed the life of British woman as she celebrated a 40 birthday.

The FAA is investigating the incident and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the probable cause of the accident. Check back for updates.

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