Authorities: 2 killed, 3 critically injured in NYC helicopter crash

Released Sunday, March 11, 2018|4:53 p.m.

Updated Sunday, March 11, 2018|7:40 p.m.

NEW YORK– A helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River Sunday night and flipped upside down in the water, eliminating 2 of the 6 individuals aboard and leaving 3 others in vital condition, officials stated.

Video taken by an onlooker and posted on Twitter shows the red helicopter land hard in the water then capsize, its rotors slapping at the water.

The helicopter, a personal charter employed for a picture shoot, decreased near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral home. One person, the pilot, released himself and was rescued by a tugboat, officials said.

The travelers were recovered by police and fire department scuba divers, who had to remove them from tight harnesses while they were upside down, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro stated.

Witnesses on a waterfront esplanade near where the aircraft decreased stated the helicopter was flying noisily, then suddenly dropped into the water and quickly submerged. But the pilot appeared on the surface, keeping a flotation gadget as a tugboat and then police boats approached.

“It’s cold water. It was sinking actually quickly,” Mary Lee, 66, informed the New york city Post. “By the time we got out here, we could not see it. It was undersea.”

News video showed one victim being loaded into an ambulance while emergency employees gave him chest compressions.

An onlooker, Susan Larkin, told The Associated Press that she went down to see rescue boats in the river and a cops helicopter circling overhead, hovering low over the water.

“You could clearly see they were browsing,” she said.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said the Eurocopter AS350 decreased just after 7 p.m. The airplane was owned by Liberty Helicopters, a company that uses both private charters and sightseeing tours popular with tourists. A phone message entrusted the business was not right away returned.

The skies over New york city continuously buzz with helicopters bring travelers, businesspeople, traffic press reporters, medical groups and others. Crashes are not unheard of.

In 2009, a sightseeing helicopter of the very same model and operated by the exact same company as the one in Sunday’s wreck collided with a little, private plane over the Hudson River, eliminating 9 people, including a group of Italian tourists.

A crash in October 2011 in the East River eliminated a British woman going to the city for her 40th birthday. Three other passengers were hurt.

A helicopter on a sightseeing excursion of Manhattan crashed into the Hudson River in July 2007, shocking the 8 individuals aboard however injuring no one. In June 2005, two helicopters crashed into the East River in the same week. One injured 8 people consisting of some banking executives. The other hit the water soon after departure on a sightseeing flight, injuring six travelers and the pilot.

Nigro and Authorities Commissioner James O’Neill said the rescue operation Sunday occurred in a 4 miles per hour present in water about 50 feet (15 meters) deep, under tough conditions.

The reason for the crash is unidentified. The FAA and the National Transportation Security Board are examining.

Officials did not right away launch the names of the pilot or guests or say how the two travelers passed away.

The helicopter was recuperated in the rescue operation and hauled to a pier.

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