A helicopter fell short of its landing pad, located on West 30th Street, and went down in the Hudson River Wednesday, the FDNY confirmed.
NBC New York:
A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon shortly after taking off from a Manhattan heliport, authorities said.
The pilot, identified as Eric Morales, was repositioning his aircraft after refueling. He was flying over the water to get to where he typically picks up customers when the helicopter began to lose altitude for unknown reasons about 50 feet from the heliport.
The chopper crashed into the water just before 2:30 p.m. When it went down, flotation devices deployed to keep it above water. Morales, 34, was rescued by a passing NY Waterway ferry a short time later.
The FDNY said Morales was treated for a minor laceration to his hand, and an employee at the heliport was hurt by debris.