The helicopter crashed into the East River. At least two people confirmed dead in the accident, according to the New York City mayor press secretary. A team of divers are still working in the water. Later, the New York Police reported that three people were hospitalized in critical condition. Soon after the first reports, a video of the crash appeared on social media.
BREAKING VIDEO: Moment helicopter crashed in the East River. pic.twitter.com/FWyv6szrAn— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) March 11, 2018
Mayor just got a briefing. NYPD and FDNY divers already on the scene and in the water. https://t.co/cScDfn5CpK— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) March 11, 2018
The Mayor was just briefed by the police and fire commissioners. At least one survivor, at least two fatalities. Divers are still in the water.— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) March 12, 2018
The helicopter, believed to be a Eurocopter model AS350, went down on Sunday afternoon in the East River near Roosevelt Island. There were six people on board the helicopter, three of them have been delivered to hospital in critical condition, two declared dead, the pilot managed to escape the vehicle, according to the officials.
Earlier, several witnesses reported that at least one person managed to escape the aircraft and swim to safety. The New York City mayor press secretary reported on Twitter that at least two people died in the crash and one survived.