Two killed and three critical in NYC helicopter crash
The pilot was rescued by a passing tugboat, police said.
A helicopter has crashed into New York City’s East River, killing two passengers and critically injuring three others.
Police said a sixth person, the pilot, freed himself and was rescued by a passing tugboat on Sunday night.
The helicopter was being chartered for a photo shoot when it went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence.
A Eurocopter AS350 went down in the East River near Roosevelt Island in #NYC at 7pm today. The helicopter reportedly is inverted in the water. Local authorities will confirm the number of people on board, their names and conditions. The #FAA is investigating.— The FAA (@FAANews) March 11, 2018
Police and fire department divers pulled the five passengers from the helicopter.
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.