At Least 2 Dead In New York City Helicopter Crash

Rescue units are seen staging by the East River after a tour helicopter crashed

It's in the water near East 90th Street and went in around 7 p.m. NYPD and FDNY divers are on scene and in the water, the mayor's spokesman said.

Before police confirmed the fatalities, a bystander who caught the crash on video posted a clip to Twitter, showing the helicopter plunging into the river before flipping over with its blades chopping at the water. It was not immediately known how many people were aboard the aircraft at the time.

The crash happened near the mayoral residence. "We were having dinner and we noticed a red helicopter going full speed towards the water".

He told the New York Post: "It looked like it was completely submerged".

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The skies over NY constantly buzz with helicopters carrying tourists, businesspeople, traffic reporters, medical teams and others.

A crash in October 2011 in the East River killed a British woman visiting the city for her 40th birthday. In June 2005, two helicopters crashed into the East River in the same week.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched three boats to aid in the response, joining New York City emergency responders. The other hit the water shortly after takeoff on a sightseeing flight, injuring six tourists and the pilot. The NTSB will determine probable cause of the accident.



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