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Two dead in chopper crash in NY

Two dead in chopper crash in NY

Video posted to Twitter shows a red helicopter splash down in the river and then quickly go belly-up as its rotors violently chop at the water.

The crash happened near the mayoral residence.

The helicopter was "reportedly inverted in the water", Sean Carlson of member station WNYC quotes the FAA spokesman as saying.

He told the New York Post: "It looked like it was completely submerged".

Magers said he saw police drop divers into the river.

The Eurocopter AS350 went down in the waters between the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens just after 7 p.m. ET, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched three boats to aid in the response, joining New York City emergency responders.

This image shows the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River in NY on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

The other three were taken to hospital in critical condition.

"Just witnessed a helicopter crash into the East River. hope everyone's ok". The other hit the water shortly after takeoff on a sightseeing flight, injuring six tourists and the pilot.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

Officials did not immediately release the names of the pilot or passengers or say how the two passengers died.

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