Helicopter crashes in New York East River least two passengers were dead.

The scene of a helicopter crash in the East River.A TOURIST helicopter has crashed in New York’s East River, where the pilot escaped but two tourists died as police divers rescued three others on board.

The NYPD and Fire Department of New York went to East 90 Street, where witnesses saw the chopper plunge into the water.

The chopper went down near Gracie Mansion at about 7.15pm local time, a high-ranking source said, according to The New York Post.

A spokesman for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed at least two passengers were dead.

Police divers rescued three others who were taken to hospital. They are in a critical condition according to US reports.

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