Helicopter Pilot Miraculously Survives Crash into New York's Hudson River

Helicopter crashes into Hudson River in New York injuring twoMore

Helicopter crashes into Hudson River in New York injuring twoMore

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.

It "fell short of a landing pad on West 30th street and Hudson River", police said in a tweet.

A deckhand on ferry crossing the Hudson, Edwin Montoya, pulled the pilot out of the water after witnessing the crash, its captain said in a statement released by the ferry company, NY Waterway. It appears he only suffered a cut to his hand.

Only the pilot was on board the helicopter. There was no indication drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

The helicopter hit the water around 2:20 p.m., according to the Daily News, and no injuries have been reported.

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

New York City Fire Department officials said the pilot was being treated for a non-life-threatening injury after the helicopter landed in the river at around West 30th Street.

'Earlier today, a helicopter made a safe emergency landing on floats in the Hudson River near the heliport. The National Transportation Safety Board said it would investigate the accident.

"He was just kind of spinning and then the helicopter got sideways on him and then that's when it started going down", Byrd said. At that point I was riding this way, so it was kind of I don't know, behind some of the netting over here.

"Firefighter Chris Morgan and I entered the helicopter in the water to make sure there were no additional passengers", FDNY firefighter Tim O'Neill said.

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