Helicopter goes down in New York’s Hudson River after missing the landing pad and slipping into the water in front of horrified onlookers
- The FDNY reported the downed helicopter off Manhattan’s west side Wednesday
- The pilot, who was the only person on board the chopper, climbed out of the water uninjured
- Emergency crews responded to the area near 34th Street and 12th Avenue
Published: 14:58 EDT, 15 May 2019 | Updated: 15:16 EDT, 15 May 2019
A helicopter fell short of a landing pad in Manhattan and was submerged in the Hudson River on Wednesday afternoon, FDNY officials say.
The pilot, who was the only person on board the chopper, climbed out of the water soon after the crash.
The aircraft equipped with flotation devices was pulled from the river soon after.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene near 12th Avenue and West 34th Street by land and by water to help recover the helicopter.
No injuries were reported in the failed landing.
A helicopter fell short of a landing pad in Manhattan and was submerged in the Hudson River on Wednesday afternoon, FDNY officials say
Video recorded by a witness shows the aircraft plummeting into the water
A witness to the crash told CBS: ‘I was riding my bike to work, and you know, I see helicopters take off all the time from here and I heard kind of like a boom after one of them was taking off and I looked over and I see the helicopter that took off.
‘It wasn’t very high and it started spinning out of control . And it was spinning and kind of slow but then the airbags deployed and it dropped into the water. And that is when I grabbed my phone and I ran over and took video.
‘At that point I was riding this way, so it was kind of I don’t know, behind some of the netting over here. But I don’t know. You know, I’m not always looking at them but like, I hear them take off, like I’m on my way to work.
‘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.’
The pilot was the only person on board and managed to escape the helicopter uninjured