Helicopter in the Hudson


Helicopter Misses Landing Pad, Goes Down in Hudson River

May 15, 2019 - 12:15 pm

(WCBS 880) — A helicopter went down in the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the helicopter, which is operated by BLADE, fell short of a landing pad in Manhattan and slipped in the waterway near West 30th Street and the West Side Highway.

The pilot was the only person on board and was able to exit the helicopter safely and entered the water. Emergency personnel flooded the scene and transferred the pilot to land shortly after.

Authorities say the pilot suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the scene. A heliport worker was also injured by debris.

CBS2 producer Cat Lund was on the bike path along the West Side Highway, as the chopper splashed down

“I heard a helicopter take off but then I heard a load, like kind of a boom sound and then I look over at the helicopter and it looks like its starts spinning out of control,” Lund said. “Then I saw the airbags deploy and it fell in the water.”

The NYPD is urging people to avoid the area as crews work to remove the helicopter from the water.

Travelers are told to expect road closures and a heavy emergency presence in the area of 12th Avenue and West 34th Street.