Video of today’s helicopter crash in New York City’s Hudson River has surfaced, showing the horrifying last seconds of the chopper’s doomed flight. It is included below.
The video was obtained by CeFaan Kim of ABC 7 in New York City.
The helicopter was operating as an “air taxi,” shuttling workers and residents across the river.
The helicopter reportedly fell short of the landing pad when it went into the Hudson River. Only the pilot, 35-year-old Eric Morales, was aboard. He was not seriously injured and was rescued from the water by a passing barge.
A second person on the dock was hit by flying debris but was not seriously injured.
The crash occurred around 2:00 p.m. local time.
The helicopter had just refueled and was heading for the helipad to pick up passengers when the crash occurred.
It shows the helicopter flying over the Hudson River, just above a ferry, when it seems to slow down and change direction.
After a few seconds, the chopper begins to spin and the engine can be heard straining, as the pilot attempts to regain control.
The chopper then dives, with visible smoke coming from the helicopter as the flotation bags are deployed, just as it goes out of sight behind a line of trees along the Hudson shoreline. A moment later, a large splash is seen and a crash is heard. One large piece of debris is seen flying from the impact area.
Here is the video, as posted to Twitter.
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) May 15, 2019
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