Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pilot safe after helicopter crash in Husdon River

Pilot safe after helicopter crash in Husdon River

"The recovery of a Bell helicopter that crashed in New York's Hudson River Wednesday, revealed the helicopter was substantially damaged, as such, NTSB will investigate the event as an accident", the agency said via Twitter.

Despite the aircraft partially sinking on Wednesday afternoon (local time) the pilot, who was the sole occupant, managed to escape.

You can see a few videos of the helicopter in the water, and the subsequent rescue effort, below.

The chopper was on its way to pick up passengers after refuelling.

The pilot was the only person on board, officials said.

He tells Alan Jones he's flown this exact type of aircraft and walks him through how the crash could have happened.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: "Relieved to report there were no deaths or serious injuries after a helicopter incident on the Hudson river".

Officials said the pilot and a worker on a nearby helipad were treated for minor injuries. The aircraft came down quickly, but it wasn't in freefall. And it was spinning and kind of slow but then the airbags deployed and it dropped into the water.

They thought it might be a stunt.

"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.

His reaction: "Just shock".

The shocking moment was caught on video. We verified that the emergency fuel was shut off, and secured the helicopter using ropes to the bulkhead and an FDNY Marine unit.

It was tethered to rescue boats and the helipad pier. The crashed occurred about 2:30 p.m. ET, he added.

Traffic was moving at a crawl on a busy road that passed by the scene.

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