USA: 2 dead, 3 critically injured in NYC helicopter crash — NYC Fire Dept.

Daniel Nigro, New York City Fire Department Commissioner: «As Commissioner O'Neill said there were six people on the helicopter. The pilot freed himself. The other five did not. So police and fire divers entered the water and removed the other five. Three of them were removed in critical condition. They have been removed to the hospital. Two of them were declared, pronounced dead at the scene. So... Еще we have a total of five victims — three in the hospital right now. We don't have an outcome on them. The pilot is okay. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out but he was able to get out. It took, it took a while for the divers to get these people out. They worked very quickly, as fast as they could. That's 50 feet [9,1 m] of water there. There was a four mile [6.4 km] an hour current, the temperature is below 40 [4.4 degree Celsius] so everyone worked very hard. It's a great tragedy that we had occur here on a quiet, otherwise quiet Sunday evening.» Two people were killed and three people were left critically injured after a helicopter crashed in the New York City East River on Sunday evening, according to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) who gave a press statement in New York City on Sunday. “There were six people on the helicopter. The pilot freed himself. The other five did not”, said New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “Police and fire divers entered the water and removed the other five. Three of them were removed in critical condition. They have been removed to the hospital”, he added. Nigro explained that two people were pronounced dead at the scene, while the pilot survived. The Fire Department spokesperson stated that it took “a while” for the divers to safely remove the passengers from the helicopter due to the current of the water and the low temperature. “It's a great tragedy that we had occur here on a quiet, otherwise quiet Sunday evening», he concluded.

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