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The New York Post: At least 2 killed as tour helicopter crashes in New York’s East River

John J. Magers via Reuters
A helicopter crashes in New York City’s East River on Sunday in this picture obtained from social media.

A tourist helicopter plunged into New York City’s East River on Sunday night, killing two passengers and leaving three clinging to life after they were trapped inside the sinking vessel while the pilot scrambled to safety, police sources said.

The Eurocopter AS350 went down around 88th Street, near Gracie Mansion, at about 7:15 p.m., sources said.

The pilot was able to get out and climb aboard a raft — but five others remained trapped inside the upside-down helicopter because they were strapped into their seats, FDNY commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a Sunday night press conference.

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