A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River in New York Metropolis on Wednesday shortly after taking off from Manhattan, inflicting minor accidents to the pilot and a dockworker, police and hearth officers stated.
Dramatic video footage of the incident shot by witnesses and posted on social media confirmed the helicopter spinning seemingly uncontrolled over the Hudson close to 30th Road, earlier than plummeting into the water.
“Relieved to report there have been no deaths or critical accidents after a helicopter incident on the Hudson river. Thanks to our first responders in your fast motion,” New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated on Twitter, urging residents to keep away from the realm.
New York police officers instructed a information convention that the 34-year-old pilot suffered an harm to his left hand. Nobody else was on board.
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A dockworker injured his proper wrist after he fell whereas scrambling to get out of the best way of the plunging plane, police stated on the press convention.
A deckhand on ferry crossing the Hudson, Edwin Montoya, pulled the pilot out of the water after witnessing the crash, its captain stated in a press release launched by the ferry firm, NY Waterway.
“It was simply intuition. Simply one other day for NY Waterway rescues. We’re proper right here. Edwin Montoya is an excellent deckhand. He moved immediately to the rescue,” Captain Adam Sciaino stated within the assertion.
In 2009, US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger famously landed an Airbus A320 with 155 folks safely on the Hudson River off Manhattan after it struck a flock of geese and misplaced energy.