NEW YORK (Reuters) – A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River in New York City on Wednesday shortly after taking off from Manhattan, inflicting minor accidents to the pilot and a dockworker, police and fireplace officers stated.
Dramatic video footage of the incident shot by witnesses and posted on social media confirmed the helicopter spinning seemingly uncontrolled over the Hudson close to 30th Street, earlier than plummeting into the water.
“Relieved to report there were no deaths or serious injuries after a helicopter incident on the Hudson river. Thank you to our first responders for your quick action,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated on Twitter, urging residents to keep away from the realm.
New York police officers informed a information convention that the 34-year-old pilot suffered an damage to his left hand. No one else was on board.
A dockworker injured his proper wrist after he fell whereas scrambling to get out of the way in which of the plunging plane, police stated on the press convention.
A deckhand on ferry crossing the Hudson, Edwin Montoya, pulled the pilot out of the water after witnessing the crash, its captain stated in an announcement launched by the ferry firm, NY Waterway.
“It was just instinct. Just another day for NY Waterway rescues. We’re right here. Edwin Montoya is an outstanding deckhand. He moved instantly to the rescue,” Captain Adam Sciaino stated in the assertion.
In 2009, US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger famously landed an Airbus A320 with 155 folks safely on the Hudson River off Manhattan after it struck a flock of geese and misplaced energy.
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Frank McGurty and Alistair Bell