Helicopter crash in Manhattan’s East River kills all 5 passengers, pilot escapes

All five passengers aboard a helicopter that crashed into Manhattan’s East River Sunday night have died, authorities said.

The red Eurocopter AS350, which officials said was operated by Liberty Helicopters and had been privately chartered for a photo shoot, apparently had engine failure.

The pilot — who repeatedly radioed “May day! May day! and reported “engine failure” — was the sole survivor. He was identified as 33-year-old Richard Vance of Danbury, Connecticut, and was treated and released from New York Presbyterian Hospital.