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A passenger helicopter crash-landed in New York City’s East River near Roosevelt Island on Sunday evening around 7:15pm Eastern. The pilot survived but five passengers who were aboard the tourist helicopter were killed as a result of the crash, according to The New York Fire Department.
The dramatic moment of the crash-landing was caught on video:
The Federal Aviation Administration has already released a statement on the matter, confirming that the helicopter was a Eurocopter AS350:
Shortly after the accident, additional videos appeared on social media showing the rescue efforts:
After an impressively safe year of aviation in 2017, this year has been abruptly eventful with aviation accidents. In January, a plane skidded off the runway in Turkey, leaving only minor injuries. In February, a plane crashed in Russia leaving 71 dead. Just a week later, an aircraft crashed in Iran killing 66. However, this is the first notable aviation incident in the US in 2018.
Featured image courtesy of JJMagers via Twitter.
This story has been updated with the latest information provided by the New York Fire Department.