NEW YORK – A helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River around sundown Sunday and flipped on its side, killing at least two people.A spokesman for the mayor’s office, Eric Phillips, confirmed the fatalities on Twitter Sunday night. He says at least one person has been rescued.
Authorities did not immediately say whether there were other people aboard.Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter shows a red helicopter land hard in the water and then tip over as its rotors slap at the water.
The helicopter, a model used by tourist companies, went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence. A small armada of rescue boats searched for survivors.
Witnesses told local media that the helicopter appeared to fill with water quickly.“Its’ cold water. It was sinking really fast,” Mary Lee, 66, told the New York Post. “By the time we got out here, we couldn’t see it. It was under water.”