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2 killed, 3 critical in NYC helicopter crash

At least 2 dead in NYC helicopter crash
At least 2 dead in NYC helicopter crash
At least 2 dead in NYC helicopter crash
Posted at 6:53 PM, Mar 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 00:51:08-04

A helicopter has crashed into New York City's East River, killing two passengers and critically injuring three others.

Police say a sixth person, the pilot, freed himself and was rescued by a passing tugboat Sunday night.

The helicopter was being chartered for a photo shoot when it went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence.

Police and fire department divers pulled the five passengers from the helicopter.

Video posted on Twitter shows a red helicopter land hard in the water and then flip on its side as its rotors beat the water.