Helicopter crash in Corning

A newspaper is reporting two people were killed when a helicopter crashed near the Chemung River in the upstate New York city of Corning.

The Corning Leader reports two people are dead.

Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the helicopter was inspecting power lines when it crashed.

Eyewitnesses told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that there was little left of the helicopter except smoldering debris.

An employee of World Kitchen on the south side of the river told the Binghamton paper 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.