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Helicopter crash in Manhattan - reports of people trapped

12 March 2018

A helicopter went down in New York's East River on Sunday night, police told FOX 5 broadcast partner WPIX.

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The helicopter was upside down in the water on Sunday night near East 90th Street closer to the Manhattan bank with five souls on board, according to emergency radio traffic. It was not immediately known how many people were aboard the aircraft at the time. "And then we saw one guy climb onto the raft".

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Eric Phillips, a spokesman for the mayor, said the mayor has been briefed and FDNY divers are in the water. The helicopter was carrying five tourists and a pilot who were trapped inside as the helicopter sank. A video posted on Twitter appeared to show the chopper slowly heading toward the water before becoming submerged.

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Helicopter crash in Manhattan - reports of people trapped