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Small seaplane makes hard landing in NY's East River

Fire Department says 7 people were on board; their conditions are being evaluated

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NEW YORK (AP) — A seaplane has made a hard landing in New York's East River.

The plane went down near East 20th Street and the FDR Drive shortly after 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The Fire Department says seven people were on board. He says their conditions are being evaluated.

Michael Siegel, the executive vice president of plane operator Tailwind Air LLC, says all the passengers and crew members were evacuated safely and the seaplane was towed to a nearby dock.

Photos posted on Twitter show people wearing life jackets sitting on the aircraft's pontoons waiting to be rescued.

Bill Lawrence, the creator of TV shows including "Scrubs" and "Spin City," was one of the passengers.

He posted an Instagram video of himself aboard the plane as it landed in the river.

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