Blade Helicopter Crashes Into Hudson River, No Injuries Reported

By Anna Breuer on 15 May 2019
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IMG_0628 (2)A helicopter on a repositioning flight crashed into the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon, local officials said.

The accident occurred near 12th Avenue and 34 Street and the helicopter had just lifted off.

“As he was attempting to leave and reposition for a planned landing, the pilot said he felt the [helicopter] go down,” said New York Police Department Assistant Chief Stephen Hughes at a press conference.

The Bell 206 helicopter, operated by Blade Urban Air Mobility, which operates a shuttle service to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport from several points in Manhattan, had no passengers on board. The pilot, Eric Morales, was rescued from the water and officials reported he only had a hand injury.

Prior to impact, the pilot deployed floats along the chopper’s landing skids that kept it from sinking.

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