Helicopter Crashes into Hudson River in New York City
A helicopter that took off from a heliport located on West 30th Street near 12th Avenue “fell short of the landing pad” and went into the Hudson River in NYC.
The incident happened at about 2:20 p.m. local time, reported the New York Police Department.
Thankfully, the only person in the helicopter was the pilot, who managed to escape with only a cut to his hand. One of the workers of the heliport also got non-life-threatening injuries.
#FDNY members remain on scene of a helicopter crash in the Hudson River. There are currently 2 non-life-threatening injuries reported - the pilot and one person on land injured by debris. pic.twitter.com/zJ5i1cK1Ge— FDNY (@FDNY) May 15, 2019
Soon after the accident, the NYPD shared that the 34-year-old pilot had been successfully taken out of the river and that the chopper was secured. They also asked people to avoid the area.
A helicopter just crashed into the Hudson River in NYC, visible from the new CNN offices at Hudson Yards. You can see the yellow pontoons as it’s upside down in this video. Law enforcement sources say the pilot was only person on board and was rescued. pic.twitter.com/f6yr3RGyY0— Nora Neus (@noraneus) May 15, 2019
The pilot reportedly had refueled at one part of the heliport and took off to swing around and land at another part of the helipad to pick up some passengers.
However, the helicopter started losing altitude, which forced the pilot to try to land but crashed about 50 feet away from the heliport.
“There were no flames. It just started you know, spinning in a circle. Spinning, spinning and the airbags deployed and it fell to the water,” one eye-witness told Daily Mail.