Last week a helicopter crashed just past midtown Manhattan at 34th Street into the East River. Some passengers aboard ended up in the water but were soon taken out by rescue workers on boats, ropes and ladders. Five passengers (including the pilot) who were aboard the Bell 206 aircraft when it crashed, had to be rescued. According to WABC (ABC news for the local area), within a few moments of crashing, the plane disappeared into the water.
It is not the first time a low-flying plane has crashed in the region. Indeed, two years ago when nine people were killed during a collision between a helicopter and a small plane over the Hudson River, concerns were raised about low-flying planes and the dangers of the heavily-congested area.