Helicopter in Hudson

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Helicopter Misses Landing Pad, Goes Down In Hudson River

May 15, 2019 - 7:11 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A charter helicopter went down in the Hudson River after missing a helipad on Manhattan’s West Side Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the helicopter, which was operated by BLADE, slipped in the water near West 30th Street and the West Side Highway.

Dramatic video captured the moment the helicopter crash landed into the river approximately 150 feet from the helipad.

"The pilot had just refueled at the West 30th Street heliport and as he was attempting to leave and reposition the helicopter to land again the pilot said he felt the helicopter come down into the water," NYPD Assistant Chief Steven Hughes said.

The 34-year-old pilot was the only person on board the aircraft at the time.

"He was able to deploy his flotation device, he was able to get out of his helicopter and stand on the pad, there was a passing boat that picked him up and brought him into the heliport," Hughes said.


Authorities say the pilot suffered a minor injury to his left hand and was treated at the scene. A dock worker slipped while attempting to get out of the way of the helicopter and injured his wrist.

CBS2 producer Cat Lund was on the bike path along the West Side Highway, as the chopper splashed down

“I heard a helicopter take off but then I heard a load, like kind of a boom sound and then I look over at the helicopter and it looks like its starts spinning out of control,” Lund said. “Then I saw the airbags deploy and it fell in the water.”

An Army Corp of Engineers Crane Boat had to pull the crashed helicopter from the water.

Traffic was shut down on the West Side Highway between West 57th and West 21st streets as emergency personnel worked to clear the area.

The National Transportation Safety Board is currently leading the investigation.