Tue, Jun 14, 2005
Seven Pulled From East River
A sightseeing helicopter went down in New York City Tuesday,
plunging into the East River -- but remarkably close to a squadron
of police boats conducting drills. All seven people aboard were
rescued, according to authorities.
Of the seven people on board -- a pilot and six passengers --
one was critically hurt, according to a Coast Guard spokesman. No
names have yet been released. The sightseers were from Australia
and France, police said.
"They seemed in decent shape but were taken to hospital as a
precaution," police spokesman Sergeant Walter Burnes told reporters
on the scene.
The Bell Jet Ranger remained afloat, though inverted, after it
went down in the river. It was towed to shore by a police boat,
There was no immediate official word on what may have caused the
accident, shortly after the aircraft took off from lower Manhattan.
But the associate medical director at New York University Downtown
Medical Center, Dr. Antonio Dajer, told CNN, "It clipped something
that damaged the rotor and immediately the pilot lost control and
pitched into the water."
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