Helicopter crashes in New York's East River

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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.

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

(Reporting by Paul Thomasch; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)