UPDATE: At least two people are dead, there is one survivor and divers are still in the water, Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said in a post on Twitter.
A tourist helicopter has crashed into the East River off Manhattan, with reports that people are still trapped inside.
The incident happened at about 7.15pm local time, with a witness posting a video of the crash to Twitter. It shows the helicopter ‘landing’ on the water and appearing to be okay, but then disappearing beneath the waves within minutes.
“It looked like it was completely submerged,”witness John Magers, 24, told the New York Post. “It couldn’t have been any longer than five minutes.”
One person managed to escape and was scooped up by a tug boat. Divers with the New York Police Department (NYPD) and New York Fire Department are currently searching the waters for at least five other people who are reportedly trapped inside.
The search is taking place near Roosevelt Island, located between Manhattan and Queens, a spokesman for the New York Fire Department said.