Pilot escapes nearly unscathed after N.Y.C. helicopter plunge

[Update] Helicopter Crashes Into Hudson River Near Midtown

A charter pilot was pulled from the Hudson River after his helicopter crashed in the water near where the Lincoln Tunnel comes into Manhattan, authorities said.

Video from SKYFOX showed an overturned helicopter partially submerged in the water along the seawall adjacent to the heliport.

The helicopter spins about 180 degrees as it quickly loses altitude - eventually crashing into the water below with a massive splash that appears to send debris flying into the air.

In 2009, US Airways pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger famously landed an Airbus A320 with 155 people safely on the Hudson River off Manhattan after it struck a flock of geese and lost power.

"There are now 2 non-life-threatening injuries reported on scene of a helicopter crash into the Hudson River - the pilot and one heliport worker injured by debris".

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"The helicopter was being repositioned to the West Side Heliport for fueling by the operator, Zip Aviation, and was not servicing a Blade mission", the representative said.

It "fell short of a landing pad on West 30th street and Hudson River", police said in a tweet. "He moved instantly to the rescue", NY Waterway Capt. Adam Sciaino said in a statement.

"It was just instinct". Just another day for NY Waterway rescues.

'Because there were no injuries, the incident is being treated as an emergency landing and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) will not be investigating. "The helicopter is tied to the pier at this time. The pilot sustained a minor injury to his hand as a result of the landing". The FDNY boat and land were dispatched to the scene. The rear part of the cabin had already begun to fill up with water.

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