New York City helicopter crash kills 5

NEW YORK: US investigators arrived on Monday at the site where a helicopter crashed into the frigid waters of New York City’s East River, killing five passengers, with only the pilot surviving. Moments before the Sunday evening crash, the pilot sent a Mayday call over his radio, saying the engine had failed, according to recordings posted online.
The red helicopter, which had been privately chartered by a group of professional and amateur photographers, hit the water and turned upside down at about 7 pm EDT (2300 GMT) near the northern end of Roosevelt Island, just east of Manhattan.
National Transportation Safety Board officials huddled on a floating dock near the crash site on Monday as they began an investigation into the cause.
At least two of the passengers were dead by the time rescue divers arrived, police and fire department officials said. The other three passengers, who had to be cut from the helicopter’s safety harnesses, were declared dead at the hospital.
The pilot managed to free himself from a safety harness and was later discharged from a hospital. The New York Police Department identified him as Richard Vance, 33, but declined to release the victims’ identities until their families were notified.
— Reuters