A TOURIST helicopter has crashed into New York's East River leaving at least five people trapped inside, according to police sources.
"A helicopter earlier this evening descended into the East River near East 90 St.", said the New York Police Department (NYPD) on Twitter. "They worked very quickly as fast as they could", Nigro said.
The pilot freed himself and was rescued and in good condition after being taken to a hospital for observation.
"It took awhile for the drivers to get these people out".
"It's a great tragedy", Nigro said.
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The National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the incident, the FAA said.
Nigro said when the divers reached the helicopter it was inverted and in 50 feet of water with below 40-degree Fahrenheit water temperatures and four-mile-an hour currents. Video posted on Twitter shows a red helicopter land hard in the water and then tip over as its rotors slap at the water.
Police are advising drivers to expect heavy traffic and emergency personnel in the area.
The helicopter, a private charter hired for a photo shoot, went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence.
It wasn't immediately clear how many people were on the helicopter. The helicopter reportedly crashed near 89th Street in Manhattan around 7 p.m. Sunday.
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