Gutwrenching video posted to Instagram appears to show takeoff of the doomed sightseeing helicopter that crashed into the East River, killing five passengers.

Videojournalist Trevor Cadigan, 26, flashed a big smile and another passenger gave a thumbs up as the helicopter departed from Kearny, N.J. with the sunset on the horizon.

Trevor Cadigan, 26, posted a story to Instagram of take-off before the doomed helicopter crashed in the East River.

The 11-minute flight ended around 7 p.m. with the helicopter slowly landing in below-40-degree waters and then overturning.

Cadigan, who worked for Business Insider, according to his mother.

Medics remove a victim at the E. 34th St. ferry dock following a helicopter crash in the East River on Sunday.

The other passengers on the fatal flight were Brian McDaniel, a firefighter from Dallas; Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29, a tourist from Argentina and two helicopter employees, Daniel Thompson and Tristan Hill, sources said.

Only the pilot, Richard Vance, survived.

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