Fatal helicopter crash in New York City's East River

Marine units are seen on the East River on Sunday night looking east toward Queens

Marine units are seen on the East River on Sunday night looking east toward Queens

"Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York command center received initial notification shortly after 7:00 p.m., of the incident with six people onboard", the Coast Guard said.

Witnesses on a waterfront esplanade near where the aircraft went down said the helicopter was flying noisily, then suddenly dropped into the water and quickly submerged. "We would like to thank the many friends and former employees of WFAA who have reached out to offer your condolences and support", said Brad Ramsey, WFAA President and General Manager.

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Federal investigators say they'll examine everything from flotation devices to passengers' harnesses to photos that might be on their cameras as they determine why a tour helicopter crashed and sank in New York City's East River.

Argentina's NY consulate said Monday that Carla Vallejos Blanco was one of the victims in the crash Sunday night.

Investigators said the passengers were tightly harnessed during the flight, making it nearly impossible for them to escape as the helicopter filled with water.

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A video shared on Twitter showed the helicopter go down just after 7 p.m and capsize.

"It nearly looked like it was landing", Xinran Jiang, who saw the crash from her bedroom window, told the New York Times.

"It was so horrific and hard to see it crash the way it did, with the propeller still cutting into the water", Johnson said.

The pilot managed to free himself from a safety harness and was later discharged in good health from hospital.

Schumer said he was briefed on the crash by the NTSB, which has brought in 14 investigators to probe the crash.

"The only safety measure they give when you're drowning in your sinking helicopter - they give each passenger a knife", said Dellaportas of Stop the Chop NYNJ.

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The pilot was treated and released, according to reports.

The pilot of the helicopter was seen climbing on to a raft, while the passengers - with their seatbelts fastened - remained trapped inside the aircraft, the New York Post reported.

Another witness, Xinran Jiang, who lives on Roosevelt Island with her husband, said helicopters zoom over the East River all the time but that this one immediately caught their attention.

A crash over the East River in October 2011 left three people dead. 3 people were removed in critical condition and transported to a hospital along with the pilot.

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