Moment helicopter plummets into Hudson River in NY

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 16, 2019

New York City onlookers were left shocked and anxious on May 15, after a helicopter was spotted spinning around in the air before crashing into the Hudson River.

A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport Wednesday and partially sank, but not before the pilot was able to escape.

It's believed no passengers were aboard the chopper.

Snapchat video posted by ABC 7 Eyewitness showed the helicopter spiraling as it landed in the water.

"There are now 2 non-life-threatening injuries reported on scene of a helicopter crash into the Hudson River - the pilot and one heliport worker injured by debris".

Montoya pulled the pilot out of the water with a water rescue cradle, according to NY Waterway.

A dock worker who was trying to get out of the way of the helicopter was also injured after he slipped and hurt his wrist, Hughes said.

The pilot, who was not immediately identified by authorities, quickly scrambled on to the aircraft's pontoons.

"It was just instinct".

An alert issued by the city's emergency management department warned of a large police and emergency response at the scene near 12th Avenue and West 34th Street in Manhattan. "We're right here. Edwin Montoya is an outstanding deckhand. He moved instantly to the rescue", Captain Adam Sciaino said in the statement. "The pilot sustained a minor injury to his hand as a result of the landing".

The helicopter, a charter aircraft, was hauled out of the water that afternoon by a marine crane after about 90 minutes in the river.

The aircraft has since been transported to land as the National Transportation Safety Board looks further into what caused the emergency landing, the NYPD Special Ops team reports on Twitter.

'Earlier today, a helicopter made a safe emergency landing on floats in the Hudson River near the heliport.

When the FDNY descended on the scene, "the pilot was exiting the helicopter and getting onto a civilian boat", FDNY Firefighter Tim O'Neill told Fox News.

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