Helicopter Crashes in New York City’s East River

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK–A tour helicopter has crashed in New York City’s East River.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the Eurocopter AS350 went down just after 7 p.m. Sunday in the waterway just north of Roosevelt Island and is “reportedly inverted in the water.”

It was not immediately known how many people were aboard the aircraft at the time.

Video posted on Twitter shows a red helicopter land hard in the water and then tip over as its rotors slap at the water.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, said the mayor had been briefed. “NYPD and FDNY divers already on the scene and in the water,” Phillips tweeted.

Search and rescue right outside my window #eastriver #helicopter #crash #yikes

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No other information has been released.


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