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Photo Gallery: East River Helicopter Crash



A helicopter crashed in the East River Sunday evening, killing five of the six persons aboard.  The crash, at about Manhattan’s 88th Street and close to Gracie Mansion, triggered an enormous rescue effort from the NYPD and FDNY.  The pilot survived, but all five passengers died.

An NYPD diver jumps into the East River at the helicopter crash site. 3/11/18

The helicopter sank shortly after crashing, but the crew of a nearby tugboat lashed the wreckage to the tug.  NYPD and FDNY rescue crews worked to extract the victims as the tug and helicopter floated downstream, with the five passengers brought ashore at the 36th Street ferry dock in Manhattan.

NYPD and FDNY personnel work to extract victims from the helicopter wreckage lashed to the tugboat Foxy 3. 3/11/18

Photo Gallery:

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An NYPD diver swims toward the crashed helicopter, after jumping into the East River from the hovering NYPD helicopter. 3/11/18