2nd woman dies following NYC river chopper crash

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NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who was hospitalized after a helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River has become the second person to die from the accident.

A hospital spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed the death of 43-year-old Helen Tamaki, of New Zealand. Tamaki had been in critical condition after the crash.

Bellevue Hospital Center spokeswoman Francis Arscott says Tamaki died Tuesday night from injuries suffered in the crash.

The cause of death will be determined by the city’s medical examiner.

The helicopter was carrying four passengers and a pilot when it crashed shortly after takeoff Oct. 4, killing a woman celebrating her 40th birthday. Besides Tamaki, one other passenger was seriously injured. The pilot and the fourth passenger were unharmed.

The crash of the Bell 206 helicopter is under investigation.