5 killed in helicopter crash into New York City's East River

Yellow buoys that a New York police officer said were suspending a helicopter that crashed on the East River float next to a NYPD police boat at a pier in New York on Sunday, March 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

A NYPD police spokesman says all five passengers aboard a helicopter that crashed into New York City's East River are dead.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2018 9:54 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - A NYPD police spokesman says all five passengers aboard a helicopter that crashed into New York City's East River are dead.

The spokesman confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press early Monday morning.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the Eurocopter AS350 went down just after 7 p.m. Sunday in the waterway just north of Roosevelt Island.

Officials say the pilot was able to escape the crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the waters.

Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter shows the red helicopter land hard in the water and then capsize, its rotors slapping at the water.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the passengers were recovered by police and fire department divers, who had to remove them from tight harnesses while they were upside down.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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