Helicopter crashes into New York City's East River, killing at least two
2018-03-12 14:18:00


A helicopter crash victim is transferred by Fire Department officers at 34th Street Ferry Terminal in Manhattan of New York City, the United States, March 11, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

A helicopter carrying six people crashed in New York City’s East River on Sunday night with all five passengers killed, according to local authorities.

Two of the passengers were declared dead at the scene, while the other three critically injured lost their lives after failed medical efforts in a nearby hospital. The pilot successfully freed himself and is currently in a stable condition.

The US Federal Aviation Administration said the Eurocopter AS350 went down near the northern end of Roosevelt Island at about 7 p.m. local time and that they are currebtly investigating the cause of the accident.

A video posted on social media shows the red helicopter descending upright onto the water, before it tilts as it hits the surface of the river with its blades chopping violently in the water.

Source: Xinhua Editor: Dylan