Nightly News   |  October 04, 2011

Chopper crashes in NY river, killing one

A helicopter with a pilot and four passengers crashed into New York City’s East River shortly after taking off Tuesday afternoon, killing one of the passengers. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports from the scene.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: There was breaking news here in New York late today. Word arrived of a chopper down in the East River , parallel to Midtown Manhattan , and immediately the rush to find and save the five people on board was under way. NBC 's Mara Schiavocampo live tonight from the scene with the very latest. Mara , good evening.

MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO reporting: Brian , good evening. That accident happened around 3:30 this afternoon. One witness tells us that the helicopter appeared to be in trouble right away, crashing upside down into the East River almost immediately after takeoff, killing one and injuring four others, including the pilot. Law enforcement sources tell NBC News that all of the injured were British pass -- citizens, rather. Rescue divers appeared on the scene almost immediately and were able to pull three of the survivors from the water. The pilot, however, was reportedly able to make his own way to the river bank , and now all the survivors are being treated at area hospitals. The woman who died, however, was reportedly trapped under about 50 feet of water for an hour before being pulled out and pronounced dead on the scene. The wreckage of that helicopter has not yet been recovered and is still in the waters of the East River . Brian :

WILLIAMS: Another air disaster here in New York . Mara Schiavocampo reporting live for us. Thanks.