MANHATTAN:Reported 5 onboard, divers being put in the water right now.
REPORTED HELICOPTER CRASH INTO THE EAST RIVER AT 34TH ST.
3:40pm–Third person pulled from the water.
3:42–Fire Department says four rescued, one unaccounted for.
4:One Firefighter diver in water 1 PD diver in water Marine boats on scene trying to locate helicopter. Duration is 34 min. 4 rescued 1 unaccounted -Info just given by FDNY Division Chief 3
4:44pm–Helicopter was a Bell 206, pilot has been resuced. Rescuers are still searching for the fifth passenger. CBS TV has exclusive video immediately after the crash.
4:45pm–Fire department reporting 5th person found, one “black tag” which is code for deceased.
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WNBC is reporting the passengers were from the United Kingdom with mother, daughter, step father and daughters friend. The pilot swam back to the pier and refused medical treatment.
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