At around seven in the evening, a red chopper owned by tourism group Liberty which was reportedly carrying six people fell into the river killing two of its passengers.
Media reports have it that the pilot freed himself but other five did not. They were reportedly tied tightly in harnesses that had to be cut and removed.
The crash combined with the fall into strong currents and frigid temperature, killed two of the passengers on spot. The rest three were rushed to hospital. However, media reported that of the six causalities five are dead, the driver being the lone survivor of the mishap.
Engine failure is being cited as the reason for the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.
Visuals of the crash are being shared by people on the social media. Check the video here.
Helicopter crashes in #EastRiver , #NewYorkCity on Sunday evening. Live video captured of crash. Unfortunately it could not be a #Sully for the flyers. #SafetyFirst #SafeFlying pic.twitter.com/xruz5q8Z9O
— Md Shafi Khatana (@MdShafiKhatana) March 12, 2018
Some more eye-witnesses shared the pictures of the crashed chopper.
— MAKA STYLE (@MaKa_Style) March 12, 2018
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