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VIDEO: Helicopter Crashes In New York's East River

A helicopter has crashed into New York City's East River killing two people, while emergency divers are in the water around the partially submerged aircraft.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said in a post on Twitter there was "at least one survivor, at least two fatalities. Divers are still in the water."

The Eurocopter AS350 went down near the northern end of Roosevelt Island at about 7pm on Sunday and was reported to be upside-down in the water, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

Video apparently of the incident filmed by an onlooker and posted on Twitter showed a red helicopter descending toward the water at dusk, then landing with a large splash before tipping onto its right side, its tail lights still flashing.

Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the footage.

Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, said the mayor had been briefed.

"NYPD and FDNY divers already on the scene and in the water," Phillips tweeted.

The New York City Fire Department tweeted that its members were with police at the location near 91st Street in Manhattan.

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