Helicopter goes down in Hudson River; pilot OK

Lester Mason
May 18, 2019

"Firefighter Chris Morgan and I entered the helicopter in the water to make sure there were no additional passengers".

A 35-year-old pilot was the only person onboard who was rescued from the water by a ferry.

"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. "We're right here. Edwin Montoya is an outstanding deckhand".

- Emergency crews from several agencies responded to a helicopter that crashed in the Hudson River near West 30th Street at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. Several NYPD and FDNY boats were alongside the helicopter. Emergency pontoons inflated moments before it hit the water. The FDNY later amended their report to say that there were two "non-life threatening" injuries at the scene.

The helicopter, a charter aircraft, was hauled out of the water Wednesday afternoon by a marine crane after about 90 minutes in the river.


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

The FAA said it would be investigating.

A commuter chopper run by a company known as the "Uber for helicopters" crashed into the Hudson River this morning in NY, the crash captured by horrified onlookers.

Another person, who was on the helipad at the time of the crash, also suffered non-life-threatening injuries from debris dislodged in the crash, but both people are doing fine now, as they reportedly refused medical attention.

Police shut down parts of 12th Avenue between West 42nd Street and West 23rd Street for a few hours.

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