Crash Eerily Close To Tuesday's; No Word On Casualties Yet
ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 2000 EDT --
A helicopter crashed into the East River Friday, the second
time in four days such an accident occurred -- very close
to the same place.
The East River is the branch of the Hudson that
passes east of Manhattan Island, off lower Manhattan, in the most
iconic area of Downtown New York. The helicopter plunged into the
river just off 42nd Street and sank within a minute. There are
several helipads, mostly private, in the area.
Friday, six people were on board the aircraft (type as yet
unknown) when it went down. Early reports gave no indication of the
owner or the nature of the passengers on board. Most reports
indicate that all were rescued by bystanders, boaters, and
themselves, before first responders arrived.
Firefighters, police and emergency management specialists are at
the scene. Divers are going down to the wreck, which is in shallow