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Helicopter Crashes In New York

March 12, 2018

At least two persons died late Sunday when the helicopter they were riding in crashed into Manhattan’s East River in New York, officials said.

The pilot freed himself, the other five did not,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters during a brief press conference. “We are told the five people were all tied tightly in harnesses that had to be cut and removed.” Divers rushed to the scene and freed the passengers, two of whom were pronounced dead, amid strong currents and frigid temperatures, Nigro added. The other three were taken to hospital in critical condition. Liberty organises aerial tours of America’s financial capital. Police chief James O’Neill said the aircraft had been leased by photographers. New York 1 television, citing police sources, reported that five of the six people flying in the helicopter had died, with only the pilot surviving. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but local media indicated the pilot had sent a distress signal that mentioned an engine problem shortly before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident

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  • Reply Elizabeth March 13, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I am so very sorry to read this. My condolences to the families of the people who didn’t make it out.

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