Five people were killed when a private helicopter with six people on board crashed into the East River in New York City on Sunday, authorities said.
Three people transported to area hospitals after the crash later died, New York Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said. Two others were pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
The pilot freed himself and was taken to a hospital in "OK" condition, New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigron told reporters Sunday night. The pilot was later named 33-year-old Richard Vance.
The cause of the crash, which occurred at about 7 p.m. north of Roosevelt Island between Queens and Manhattan, remained unclear.
The chopper, which was operated by Liberty Helicopters, was being used for a photo shoot, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. A message left with the New York City-based company seeking comment was not immediately returned.
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