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Helicopter crashes in New York’s East River; at least 2 dead, 3 critical

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Aftermath of a helicopter crash in the East River

Bryan Llenas reports from the site of the crash.

At least two people were killed and three were in critical condition Sunday night after a helicopter with six people aboard crashed into New York’s East River, the officials said.

The chopper is the pilot managed to free himself, while two people were pronounced dead at the site of the crash, nypd commissioner James O’neill said at a press conference. Rescue workers pulled three people from the water and rushed them to nearby hospitals.

More video emerges showing moment tour helicopter crashed into New York’s East River. pic.twitter.com/35KrJAmWVt

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Two of the critical victims were taken to New York’s Bellevue Hospital with no heartbeat and not expected to survive, a source told Fox News. The third critical victim was rushed to NYU Langone Hospital.

The group, which the officials said was flying as part of a Liberty Helicopters tour, the private Eurocopter AS350 for a photo shoot when it crashed around 7 a.m. Officials said that the water Sunday night, it was cold, with temperatures below 40 degrees.

It was not immediately clear what the cause of the crash, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) planned to investigate.

@cnn @FoxNews just witnessed a helicopter crash in the East River .. hope everyone is ok. Caught on tape! pic.twitter.com/saHOMTLR69

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FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said rescue divers pulled five people who were able to good use within — from the helicopter, which was “upside down and completely submerged.”

A witness told the New York Post they watched the crash unfold from her apartment window, and “I immediately thought someone was not going to live.”

“By the time we are here, we could not see [the helicopter],” Mary Lee told the Post. “It was under water.”

Another witness, Arineh Nazarian, described the helicopter crash while she and others were eating dinner.

“We have noticed that a red helicopter at full speed in the direction of the water,” Nazarian told WABC. “It almost looked very surreal and next thing we know that it is approaching the water slowly and then it just completely crashed and sank. Immediate reaction was to call 911.”

Fox News’ Bryan Llenas and Dr. Marc Siegel contributed to this report.

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