Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

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Investigators recovered a flight data recorder and a GoPro camera as they tried to determine the cause of a deadly helicopter crash in the East River and figure out whether passengers’ harnesses hindered their escape from the sinking aircraft. The helicopter’s five passengers drowned when it touched down in the river and capsized, medical examiners said. The pilot escaped.

The NTSB said the aircraft had been flying about 2,000 feet (609 meters) over New York on a scheduled 30-minute flight when the pilot sent out a mayday call saying his engine had failed.

After the helicopter made a hard landing in the water, it tipped over and was carried upside-down in the fast river current while police and fire department divers tried to free the passengers from their safety harnesses. Two victims died in the water. Three more were pronounced dead after several hours of treatment at a hospital.

NTSB investigators said electronic devices recovered from the helicopter or from the victims, including the GoPro camera and data recorder, were being sent to laboratories in Washington. Officials also were examining the restraint systems. (AP)

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<p>A helicopter is hoisted by crane from the East River onto a barge, March 12, 2018, in New York. The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water killing several passengers, officials said. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

A helicopter is hoisted by crane from the East River onto a barge, March 12, 2018, in New York. The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water killing several passengers, officials said. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP)

<p>In this photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators examine part of a helicopter, March 12, 2018, that crashed into New York’s East River on Sunday evening. (Photo: NTSB via AP) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

In this photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators examine part of a helicopter, March 12, 2018, that crashed into New York’s East River on Sunday evening. (Photo: NTSB via AP)

<p>A helicopter that crashed in New York’s East River killing five passengers is carried on a trailer truck with a police escort, along Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn Borough of New York, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

A helicopter that crashed in New York’s East River killing five passengers is carried on a trailer truck with a police escort, along Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn Borough of New York, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP)

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<p>Personnel with the NTSB look at the scene of a submerged helicopter in New York’s East River, March 12, 2018. The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water killing several passengers, officials said. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

Personnel with the NTSB look at the scene of a submerged helicopter in New York’s East River, March 12, 2018. The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water killing several passengers, officials said. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP)

<p>A helicopter is hoisted by crane from the East River onto a barge, March 12, 2018, in New York. The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water killing several passengers, officials said. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

A helicopter is hoisted by crane from the East River onto a barge, March 12, 2018, in New York. The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water killing several passengers, officials said. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP)

<p>Paramedics and members of the NYFD perform CPR on a victim of a helicopter crash in New York, March 11, 2018. (Photo: Darren Ornitz/Reuters) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

Paramedics and members of the NYFD perform CPR on a victim of a helicopter crash in New York, March 11, 2018. (Photo: Darren Ornitz/Reuters)

<p>At least 2 dead as helicopter crashes into New York City’s East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

At least 2 dead as helicopter crashes into New York City’s East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

<p>Emergency first responders attend a call after a helicopter crashed in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

Emergency first responders attend a call after a helicopter crashed in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

<p>New York Fire Department boat conducts a search and rescue operation after a helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River on March 12, 2018. (Photo: Michael Potash/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

New York Fire Department boat conducts a search and rescue operation after a helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River on March 12, 2018. (Photo: Michael Potash/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>New York cost guard boats conduct a search and rescue operation after a helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River on March 12, 2018. (Photo: Michael Potash/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

New York cost guard boats conduct a search and rescue operation after a helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River on March 12, 2018. (Photo: Michael Potash/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A helicopter is seen crashed in New York City’s East River March 11, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Brianna Jesme/via Reuters) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

A helicopter is seen crashed in New York City’s East River March 11, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Brianna Jesme/via Reuters)

<p>First responders carry a person to an ambulance after a helicopter crashed into the East River along New York on March 11, 2018. (Photo: Jennifer Peltz/AP) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

First responders carry a person to an ambulance after a helicopter crashed into the East River along New York on March 11, 2018. (Photo: Jennifer Peltz/AP)

<p>This image made from video provided by the New York City Police Department shows the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River in New York on March 11, 2018. (Photo: New York City Police Department via AP) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

This image made from video provided by the New York City Police Department shows the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River in New York on March 11, 2018. (Photo: New York City Police Department via AP)

<p>NYPD officers remove the bodies from the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

NYPD officers remove the bodies from the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

<p>Yellow buoys that a New York police officer said are suspending a helicopter that crashed on the East River float next to a NYPD police boat at a pier in New York on March 11, 2018. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

Yellow buoys that a New York police officer said are suspending a helicopter that crashed on the East River float next to a NYPD police boat at a pier in New York on March 11, 2018. (Photo: Andres Kudacki/AP)

<p>NYPD officers remove the bodies from the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

NYPD officers remove the bodies from the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

<p>A FDNY diver is sprayed with water after attending a call of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

A FDNY diver is sprayed with water after attending a call of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

<p>In this image made from video provided by WNYW, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill speaks during a press conference a deadly helicopter crash in New York on March 11, 2018. (Photo: WNYW via AP) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

In this image made from video provided by WNYW, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill speaks during a press conference a deadly helicopter crash in New York on March 11, 2018. (Photo: WNYW via AP)

<p>NYPD officers remove the bodies from the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

NYPD officers remove the bodies from the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

<p>NYPD officers remove the bodies from the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) </p>
Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

NYPD officers remove the bodies from the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

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