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US Helicopter crashes into East River, trapping passengers

02:35  12 march  2018
02:35  12 march  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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At least two people are dead after the helicopter they were in crashed into the East River Sunday night. Leave a Reply and subscribe Videos can use

All five passengers aboard a helicopter that crashed into Manhattan's East River Sunday night have died, authorities said. Interested in ? Add as an interest to stay up to date on the latest news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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Passenger bag may have caused deadly East River helicopter crash

  Passenger bag may have caused deadly East River helicopter crash A passenger’s bag might have inadvertently hit an emergency fuel shut-off button and caused the helicopter crash Sunday night.Pilot Richard Vance, 33, told investigators that the mishap led to the crash into the East River about 7 p.m. Sunday, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday.

The five passengers who were killed when a helicopter without doors splashed into the East River 10-minute video that showed them a knife in their harnesses they could use if they got trapped . Two years earlier a Liberty tour helicopter crashed into the Hudson River ; all the occupants survived.

Five people died after a tour helicopter carrying six people crashed into the East River Sunday evening, FDNY and NYPD officials said. The five passengers became trapped in the overturned helicopter and had to be pulled from frigid waters by divers, officials said.

A helicopter crashed into the East River Sunday night, sending emergency personnel scrambling to rescue the people trapped inside, officials said.

The chopper went down off East End Ave. on the Upper East Side by E. 89th St., not far from Carl Schurz Park and Roosevelt Island.

Amateur video shows the helicopter crashing into the water, its rotor still spinning, and then overturn.

"Just witnessed a helicopter crash into the East River ... hope everyone's ok. Caught it all on tape!" wrote Twitter user @JJmagers, who posted the video online just after 7:15 p.m.

The NYPD's Aviation and Harbor Unit rushed to the scene, as did the FDNY's Harbor Unit, sending divers to search for the helicopter's occupants. Their condition was not immediately known Sunday night.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Pilot’s safety equipment in NY helicopter crash was easier to escape than passengers’ .
The pilot, Richard Vance, wasn’t wearing a harness and easily escaped from the doomed open-door flight, investigators found.NEW YORK — The pilot of the helicopter on a deadly sightseeing flight that crashed into the East River was wearing less-restrictive safety gear than his passengers, federal investigators found.

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