Chopper Caught On Camera Crashing Into New York's Hudson River

Sergio Conner
May 18, 2019

A charter pilot was pulled from the Hudson River after his helicopter crashed in the water near where the Lincoln Tunnel comes into Manhattan, authorities said.

The helicopter "fell short of the landing pad" on West 30th Street, the NYPD said. Fortunately, the pilot - 34-year-old Eric Morales - was alone in the helicopter when it descended into the water, and he only sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the CBS News. It appears he only suffered a cut to his hand. The pilot was the only person on-board at the time of the landing, he exited the helicopter and according to scanner traffic, he is uninjured. There was no indication drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Footage shows the helicopter spinning out of control before it plunges into the famed river.

Blade called the landing "safe", with the helicopter coming down on floats near the heliport.

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As there were no injuries, the incident won't be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, Blade said.

Airbags on the helicopter are deployed just milliseconds before it hits the water.

The plane was reportedly operated by Zip Aviation, a commuter chopper service which shuttles between Manhattan and local airports.

A spokesperson for the FDNY confirmed the crash and said the pilot, the only person on board, was safely removed from the water with no injuries. And that is when I grabbed my phone and I ran over and took video. "Thank you to our first responders for your quick action", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter, urging residents to avoid the area.

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