Emergency responders work near the site of a helicopter crash near the Chemung River in Corning on Thursday. / JASON WHONG /
No one survived a helicopter crash near the Chemung River in the City of Corning this afternoon, police confirm.
City police said they received a call about the crash at 12:09 p.m.
No casualties have been reported, however eyewitnesses report there is little left of the chopper except smoldering debris.
The helicopter was being used by New York State Electric & Gas to inspect transmission lines, according to NYSEG spokesman Clay Ellis.
The helicopter is not owned by NYSEG. It is a contracted service, Ellis said. The utility is cooperating with the authorities that are investigating the crash.
An employee of World Kitchen on the south side of the river said the helicopter clipped a power line near their building first, knocking out electricity temporarily. The chopper then crashed along the dike on the opposite side of the Chemung River, the World Kitchen employee said.
Brad Turner, assistant director of the Southeast Steuben Area Library, said he didn't hear anything when the helicopter crashed, but he reported that power went off temporarily in the library as well.