Helicopter crashes into NYC's East River

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Police Department says a helicopter with five people aboard has crashed into the East River.

The pilot and three others were pulled from the water shortly after it went down by rescue crews. Authorities are searching for one other people but the helicopter was fully submerged.

Police spokesman Paul Browne says the Bell 206 chopper went into the river off 34th Street. It was taking off from a heliport when it crashed.

It's a commercial helicopter. A massive rescue effort was under way, with at least seven boats, mostly NYPD.

The conditions of those on board were not immediately available.