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Briton dies in New York helicopter crash

A British woman has died and three tourists have been taken to hospital after a helicopter crash in New York.

The four passengers were pulled out of the East River after the accident happened at 3.22pm local time.

Two of those injured, both women, are in a critical condition. A man is in a stable condition in hospital.

Two of the passengers are believed to be Britons living in Portugal and the other two passengers, one of whom is also thought to be British, live in Australia, the city's mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

A spokesman for the New York Fire Department said two of the women pulled out of the water were in a critical condition.

"One had suffered a cardiac arrest and one a respiratory arrest," he said. "They were both taken to Bellevue Hospital."

The injured man was taken to NYU Hospital.

Witnesses said the Bell helicopter was spluttering and appeared to be in mechanical distress before coming down in the river.

Carlos Acevedo, who witnessed the crash, said: "It sank fast. In seconds. Like the water was sucking it in."

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