Corning (WSYR-TV/AP) - Two people were killed when a helicopter crashed near the Chemung River in the Upstate New York city of Corning Thursday afternoon.
The helicopter, contracted by NYSEG, crashed along the Chemung River, just east of Corning East High School.
The helicopter crashed while inspecting transmission lines just after noon on Thursday, according to Acting Director of Steuben County Emergency Services Timothy Marshall.
The pilot and a passenger were both killed in the crash, Marshall said. Their identities have not been released.
City police and fire departments responded to the scene, as well as Corning police and fire personnel.
The Federal Aviation Administration also responded. They are investigating to find out what caused the crash.
An employee of World Kitchen on the south side of the river told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
the helicopter clipped a power line near their building first, knocking out electricity temporarily, then crashed along a dike on the river.
Corning, home to the glass and ceramics industrial giant Corning Incorporated, is in New York's southern tier, just north of the Pennsylvania border.