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Five killed in New York chopper crash

IANS  |  New York 

At least five people were killed when a helicopter plunged into New City's East River, authorities said on Monday.

The pilot of the helicopter was the sole survivor of the crash that took place near on Sunday night, quoted Fire Department New (FDNY) as saying on Monday.

Two passengers died on the spot and three others succumbed to critical injuries in hospital, according to Nigro.

"One of the most difficult parts of the rescue was that five people were tightly harnessed," he said.

"People had to be cut out."

In an audio recording of a Mayday call to LaGuardia Airport, the pilot, who was able to free himself and was later rescued, could be heard saying that the helicopter was experiencing engine failure.

The Liberty Helicopters chopper had been chartered for a private photo shoot, the authorities said.

Liberty Helicopters describes itself as "the largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter service in New City", reported.

This is the company's third crash in 11 years, according to New York-based TV station

In August 2009, nine people were killed when a helicopter and a small private plane collided over the

Investigators said the helicopter was flying too high.

Two years before that, in July 2007, a Liberty sightseeing chopper carrying eight people dropped into the An off-duty on board helped everyone escape, according to



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 13:12 IST