Five dead after helicopter crashes into New York’s East River

Five people have been killed after a helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River on Sunday evening.

Two passengers died at the scene and three others later died at hospital.

The pilot was rescued by a passing tugboat and taken to hospital for observation.

He has since been released.

The Eurocopter AS350 was registered to Liberty Helicopters and had been chartered for a photo shoot.

It crashed just north of Roosevelt Island at around 7pm local time.

At a press conference, New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called it a “great tragedy.”

He said: “It took a while for the divers to get these people out. They worked very quickly, as fast as they could. That’s 50ft of water there.”