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At least 2 dead in NYC helicopter crash


A helicopter has crashed into New York City's East River, killing at least two people. The U.S. Coast Guard says there were six people on board.

Officials say one person was rescued by a tugboat and five people were recovered by police and fire department divers. Their conditions were unknown.

A spokesman for the mayor's office, Eric Phillips, confirmed the fatalities on Twitter Sunday night. 

The helicopter, a model used by tourist companies, went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence. A small armada of rescue boats searched for survivors.

Video posted on Twitter shows a red helicopter land hard in the water and then flip on its side as its rotors beat the water. News stations showed video of rescue boats at the spot where the helicopter crashed.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the Eurocopter AS350 went down just after 7 p.m.

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