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Helicopter crashes in New York river

A woman has died and two others are seriously injured after a helicopter plunged into a river in New York City shortly after take-off, officials say.

Witnesses described how the privately owned Bell 206 aircraft span out of control before it fell into East River near 34th Street in midtown Manhattan.

At least seven boats joined the frantic rescue effort, along with divers.

The BBC's Marcus George reports.

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