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1 killed in New York helicopter crash


April 16, 1997
Web posted at: 1:30 p.m. EST

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A corporate helicopter crashed into the East River off midtown Manhattan seconds after takeoff, killing a Colgate-Palmolive executive and injuring three other men.

Two pilots and two passengers were on board the Eurocopter BK 117 chopper when it slammed into the river Tuesday shortly after 5 p.m., rolled over and trapped its two passengers, police said.

The pilot and copilot got out on their own, while executives Craig Tate of New Canaan, Connecticut, and Jim Serafino of Stamford, Connecticut, were pulled from the helicopter by police divers, fire officials said.

Tate, 51, was killed in the crash. Serafino, pilot Edward Thorn and copilot Rick Bird were hospitalized. The chopper, owned by the New York-based Colgate-Palmolive Co., was headed toward White Plains, New York. Cause of the accident is under investigation.


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