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Helicopter lands on Hudson River; only pilot aboard

Helicopter lands on Hudson River; only pilot aboard

A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River in New York City on Wednesday shortly after taking off from Manhattan, causing minor injuries to the pilot and a dockworker, police and fire officials said. The chopper crashed at approximately 2:30 pm today, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in a location near the Lincoln Tunnel and 30th Street.

The pilot landed on the river, exited the helicopter, and was rescued by a NY Waterway ferry crew aboard the Gov. Thomas Kean ship. There was no indication drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

One Twitter user wrote, "Always wanted to take that helicopter tour around NYC but the way they keep crashing into the Hudson River...", while another said, "Helicopter didn't stick the landing".

A second person at the helipad suffered injuries, possibly from debris from the crash, and was treated at the scene, CBS New York said. Blade also noted that the helicopter was not servicing a Blade flight, and was being repositioned by the contractor, Zip Aviation, to the West Side Heliport for fueling when the accident occurred. Investigators responded to the crash site, the agency said.

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The helicopter is operated by Blade chopper service, which operates a shuttle service between Manhattan and local airports.

Photos from the scene showed the helicopter marked with a logo for Blade, a company dubbed the "Uber for helicopters".

"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.

'At that point I was riding this way, so it was kind of I don't know, behind some of the netting over here.