Helicopter goes down in Hudson River; pilot OK

Helicopter goes down in Hudson River; pilot OK

"The recovery of a Bell helicopter that crashed in New York's Hudson River Wednesday, revealed the helicopter was substantially damaged, as such, NTSB will investigate the event as an accident", the agency said via Twitter. WABC reports that the pilot was ok and that there were no passengers on the aircraft.

The pilot, who only suffered a hand injury, deployed the helicopter's flotation equipment and was picked up by a passing boat shortly after the helicopter hit the water, Hughes added. One of those was the pilot, the other was a heliport worker who was hurt by debris.

The source said Morales had just refueled and was moving the helicopter to an area where customers are picked up at the heliport, taking a route that made him briefly fly over the Hudson.

"All of a sudden, he felt the helicopter go down", said Police Department Assistant Chief Stephen Hughes. The aircraft came down quickly, but it wasn't in freefall. "The pilot was not injured and immediately exited the aircraft", Blade said.

The friends thought it might be a stunt.

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"Firefighter Chris Morgan and I entered the helicopter in the water to make sure there were no additional passengers", FDNY firefighter Tim O'Neill said.

He described his reaction: "Just shock".

Hailing a private driver to shuttle you from point A to point B has never been easier, and it was only a matter of time before the same type of service moved to air travel. The pilot scrambled to safety.

The helicopter eventually capsized and sank mostly beneath the water but was kept from going to the bottom by the floats.

According to the New York City Fire Department, there are no injuries as a result of the crash.

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