A helicopter pilot was rescued after crashing into the Hudson River in New York City.
Fire department officials said that he was pulled from the Hudson River on May 15. He crashed in the water close to where the Lincoln Tunnel arrives into Manhattan, CNN reported.
The pilot was the only person on board, officials said. He is expected to survive.
— 1010 WINS (@1010WINS) May 15, 2019
Local station 1010 Wins reported that a heliport worker was injured by debris in the incident.
Footage shows the helicopter spinning out of control before it plunges into the famed river.
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. Thank you to our first responders for your quick action. Please stay clear of 34th St and 12th Ave on the West Side so emergency response teams can complete their work.”
“He got sideways with it … it was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Eyewitness Ashton Byrd captured video footage of a helicopter crashing into New York’s Hudson River.
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) May 15, 2019
Thankfully this pilot is alive and well after this Hudson River Helicopter crash.
The wind is so strong out here in NYC today. pic.twitter.com/ipfHam9XlU
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) May 15, 2019
The New York City Police Department’s Counterterrorism agency urged people to avoid the area.
HappeningNow: @NYPDnews & @FDNY are currently on scene at the helicopter crash on the Hudson River. The pilot is safely out of the water and the helicopter is secure at this time. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/1prZj28WlO
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) May 15, 2019
#NYPD Harbor secures a helicopter that fell into the Hudson River moments after taking off from the W 30th Street heliport. The pilot was uninjured and safely removed to land by a nearby passenger ferry. pic.twitter.com/3SZtpByEe7
— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) May 15, 2019
There are currently 2 non-life-threatening injuries reported on scene of a helicopter crash into the Hudson River – the pilot and one heliport worker injured by debris. #FDNY operations continue. pic.twitter.com/Z1hA2PBKMC
— FDNY (@FDNY) May 15, 2019