Helicopter crashes in New York's East River

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 04, 2011 4:13 PM
Helicopter crashes in New York's East River

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A helicopter crashed into the waters of New York City's East River on Tuesday, setting off a rescue effort for five people believed to have been on board, police said.

They said the helicopter crashed shortly before 3:30 p.m. near a heliport on 34th Street on the east side of Manhattan. It quickly sank as rescue workers using ladders, boats and flotation devices attempted to rescue passengers.

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Four people had been pulled from the choppy waters, according to ABC television.

(Reporting by Paul Thomasch; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)