2nd woman dies following East River chopper crash

NEW YORK - (AP) - A woman who was hospitalized after a helicoptercrashed into New York City's East River has become the secondperson to die from the accident.

A hospital spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed the death of43-year-old Helen Tamaki, of New Zealand. Tamaki had been incritical condition after the crash.

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

The cause of death will be determined by the city's medicalexaminer.

The helicopter was carrying four passengers and a pilot when itcrashed shortly after takeoff Oct. 4, killing a woman celebratingher 40th birthday. Besides Tamaki, one other passenger wasseriously injured. The pilot and the fourth passenger wereunharmed.

The crash of the Bell 206 helicopter is under investigation.

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