Helicopter crashes in New York City's East River

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New York’s Fire Department shared an image of its crews at the site

A helicopter went down in the East River of New York City on Sunday.

The US Federal Aviation Authority said the Eurocopter AS350 hit the water near Roosevelt Island at 19:00 local time (23:00 GMT).

It was reportedly upside down in the river, but authorities have yet to confirm the number of people on board or their conditions.

The Eurocopter AS350 is a single-engine light craft that can carry up to six passengers at a time.

Video posted on social media appeared to show a red helicopter make a semi-controlled descent before landing with some force in the water. It then began to tip over, its rotors still spinning and slicing into the water.

The FAA said it was investigating the incident, but that local authorities would later confirm details about any passengers.

The National Transportation Safety Board would determine the cause, it added.

The press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said police and fire department divers were in the water at the scene.

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