Helicopter crashes in East River

12 March, 2018, 05:06 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Helicopter Crashes in East River Off Manhattan, Officials Report

The moment a helicopter crashed into New York City's East River and sank was caught on camera.

Truly shocking. A helicopter went down in New York City's freezing East River, killing 2 passengers.

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Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, said the mayor had been briefed and tweeted: "NYPD and FDNY divers already on the scene and in the water". It is reportedly upside down in the water.

Witnesses said it was underwater within minutes. An additional three people are in critical condition and the pilot freed himself, authorities say.

NY has seen helicopters crash before, including one in October 2011 that claimed the life of British woman as she celebrated a 40 birthday.


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

Six people were on board the helicopter at the time.

"At least one survivor, at least two fatalities".

Witness John Magers, 24, said that within minutes the helicopter disappeared beneath the waves.

The helicopter was upside-down and submerged when emergency responders reached it, authorities said. "It nearly looked like it was landing", Jiang said.

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