The helicopter is pulled out of the Hudson River
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One among a fleet of helicopters getting used as a part of Blade’s ride-sharing service was been pressured to make an emergency touchdown within the Hudson River in New York on Wednesday
Blade referred to as the touchdown “protected,” with the helicopter coming down on floats close to the heliport.
“There have been no passengers on board. The pilot was not injured and instantly exited the plane,” Blade mentioned.
On the time, the helicopter taxi was being moved to the West Facet Heliport to be refueled by Zip Aviation.
As there have been no accidents, the incident will not be investigated by the Nationwide Transportation Security Board, Blade mentioned.
All Blade providers, which permit folks to e book by the seat, or constitution or crowdsource a flight, are working usually.
Each the New York Metropolis Hearth Division and the NYPD had flagged the crash earlier on Wednesday.
“FDNY members stay on scene of a helicopter crash within the Hudson River,” a fireplace division tweet mentioned. “The helicopter is tied to the pier at the moment. The pilot is on land, and was the one particular person on board.”
Nonetheless, it added that there have been “two non-life-threatening accidents” concerned: “The pilot and one heliport employee injured by particles.”
“Firefighter Chris Morgan and I entered the helicopter within the water to ensure there have been no further passengers,” FDNY firefighter Tim O’Neill mentioned. “The pilot was exiting the helicopter and getting onto a civilian boat.
“The rear a part of the cabin had already begun to refill with water. We verified that the emergency gasoline was shut off, and secured the helicopter utilizing ropes to the bulkhead and an FDNY Marine unit.”