Helicopter crashes into New York’s Hudson River

A helicopter has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City, the fire department confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

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. The department’s verified Twitter account said there were two other non-life-threatening injuries.

New York Waterway, a company that operates ferries between Manhattan and New Jersey, said in a press release that one of its boats had rescued the pilot of the helicopter.

Local news channels showed a large police and fire response to the crash, as onlookers flooded the riverside park to get a better look at the incident. The West Side Highway was partially closed to southbound traffic following the crash as first responders towed the aircraft to the shore.

Video from local news helicopters showed police and fire boats towing the helicopter to shore.
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Multiple people on Twitter said they saw a helicopter plunge into the water around 2:20 pm local time, near a pier where Blade and other helicopters operate on Manhattan’s West side at 30th street and 12th avenue.

It was not immediately clear which company owns or was operating the helicopter at the time of the incident.

In March 2018, a private helicopter crashed into the East River in New York, killing five people on board.

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