Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pilot manages to escape as helicopter goes down in Hudson River

Pilot manages to escape as helicopter goes down in Hudson River

A helicopter fell out of the Manhattan sky Wednesday, plummeting into the Hudson River and injuring two people.

It is not yet known what caused the helicopter to lose altitude 50 feet short of the helipad, but the pilot was able to deploy emergency floats in time when it hit the water.

The helicopter spins about 180 degrees as it quickly loses altitude - eventually crashing into the water below with a massive splash that appears to send debris flying into the air.

A helicopter went down in the Hudson River on May 15, after the pilot, 34-year-old Eric Morales, lost control of the aircraft and tumbled into the water.

A spokesperson for the FDNY confirmed the crash and said the pilot, the only person on board, was safely removed from the water with no injuries.

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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".

Following the East River mishap, Rep. Carolyn Maloney said she called for a ban on helicopter flights over Manhattan and Brooklyn until their safety could be properly studied.

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. He moved instantly to the rescue", Captain Adam Sciaino said in the statement.

"It was just instinct". Several NYPD and FDNY boats were alongside the helicopter. "The pilot sustained a minor injury to his hand as a result of the landing". The rear part of the cabin had already begun to fill up with water. "We train for this - we are set up for scuba diving, and were prepared for a surface rescue or a dive into a submerged helicopter".

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