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Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard

Aircraft rose about 25ft off ground, before spinning couple of times and dropping into water

Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
A New York Police Department helicopter hovers over the East River, to attend to a commercial helicopter crash on October 4, 2011 in New York City. The helicopter, carrying five people, crashed by the 34th Street Heliport.(Getty Images)
Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
Police and fire personel stood by on a dock at the scene of the incident, as the rescue attempt unfolded. (AFP/Getty Images)
Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
Shortly after the crash, a diver searched the water for the missing passengers. (AFP/Getty Images)
Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
The pilot and three passengers were pulled from the river by rescue officials not long after the accident. (Getty Images)
Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
Rescue officers continued to look for the remaining missing passenger. (AFP/Getty Images)
Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
The rescue attempt went on. Police suspected the fourth passenger could have died in the crash. (AFP/Getty Images)
Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
Witnesses told rescue officers and police the aircraft had risen about 25ft off the ground, before spinning two or three times and dropping into the water. The helicopter then flipped over with its blades sticking up out of the water. (AFP/Getty Images)
Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
The fourth passenger, British tourist Sonia Marra was recovered by rescue workers 90 minutes after the helicopter fell into the water. She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was trapped inside the back of the aircraft as it sank about 50ft (15m) below the surface of the water, police said. (Getty Images)
Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
Two other passengers were seriously injured in the accident, which saw the helicopter spin out of control and dive deep into the swirling river. (Getty Images)
Helicopter crashes into New York river with 5 passengers aboard
Sonia Marra had gone to the US to celebrate her 40th birthday and see her family. (Getty Images)