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Five Dead In NYC Helicopter Crash

Five Dead In NYC Helicopter Crash

A helicopter reportedly carrying several people crashed in New York City's East River on Sunday night and rescues were under way, officials said, Fox News reported.

In audio of the incident obtained by LiveATC.net, the pilot of the aircraft can be heard requesting to issue a mayday from the LaGuardia Air Traffic Control due to an engine failure moments before the helicopter went down into the East River, just north of Roosevelt Island.

Three of the passengers had been taken to hospital with critical injuries after surviving the crash, but the New York City Fire Department confirmed their deaths early Monday. "The AS350 AStar is a single-engine workhorse with the best performance in its category", Liberty Helicopters says on its website. They worked very quickly as fast as they could.

In 2009, a sightseeing helicopter of the same model and operated by the same company as the one in Sunday's wreck collided with a small, private plane over the Hudson River, killing nine people, including a group of Italian tourists.

Witnesses told NY1 that they saw the helicopter drop into the water, submerge and turn onto its side.

A man on Twitter who identifies himself as a photographer, Eric Adams, said that he took a helicopter flight at the same time as the one that crashed.

The chopper, which overturned when it hit the water, was recovered from the East River by local and federal governments using divers and a barge on Monday, Dinh-Zarr said.

Trevor Cadigan, 26, posts story to Instagram before the helicopter crashed in the East River.

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The National Transportation Safety Board was conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Others reported seeing someone in the water clinging to a flotation device. In July 2007 one of its helicopters went down in the Hudson with a pilot and seven passengers aboard, all of whom were rescued. He posted photos of the ill-fated craft flying over the Statue of Liberty.

A helicopter is hoisted by crane from the East River onto a barge, Monday in NY.

All passengers were "tightly harnessed" and needed to be cut out of the copter.

Emergency responders on the scene after a helicopter crashed into the East River in NY on Sunday.

'One of the most hard parts of the operation, we're told, was the five people, besides the pilot, were all tightly harnessed, ' said Commissioner Nigro.

"Our mission is to understand what happened and why to prevent it from happening again", she said.