NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) — A helicopter crashed into the East River in New York City Tuesday, leaving four people injured and one unaccounted for, authorities said.
One of the four injured in the 3:20 p.m. EDT accident was in critical condition, The New York Times reported.
City police spokesman Paul W. Browne said the helicopter had departed from a 34th Street heliport with five people aboard and “appeared to have some sort of trouble and tried to come back.”
“The pilot and three passengers are out of the water,” Browne said. “And one is unaccounted for.”
Luis Reyes said he saw two men clinging to the upside down helicopter in the water.
“They were screaming, ‘Three more inside!'” Reyes said.
WCBS-TV video showed a man swimming to the riverbank and rescue divers pulled another man to shore, the Times said.
Fire officials said two injured women were taken to a hospital, one in cardiac arrest and another in respiratory arrest. A man was taken to another hospital and the pilot was reported conscious while receiving initial treatment at the crash scene.