Hudson River helicopter crash a reminder of recent water disasters

[Update] Helicopter Crashes Into Hudson River Near Midtown

Scanner traffic indicates that the chopper fell just short of a landing pad on West 30th street.

The clip, posted to Snapchat, shows the charter chopper traveling south about 100 feet above the water near 12th Avenue and West 30th Street when things go south.

In 32 years, NY Waterway crews have rescued nearly 300 people from the waters of the Hudson River, including 143 people who were rescued from U.S. Airways Flight 1549, dubbed the "Miracle on the Hudson", in the most successful marine rescue in aviation history.

"It was just instinct", Sciaino said. "Just another day for NY Waterway rescues", Sciaino said in a statement.

When the FDNY descended on the scene, "the pilot was exiting the helicopter and getting onto a civilian boat", FDNY Firefighter Tim O'Neill told Fox News.

But what kept it from totally sinking were inflatable pontoons that deployed as the aircraft was about to hit the surface of the water. "The pilot sustained a minor injury to his hand as a result of the landing".

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A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers crane vessel lifted the helicopter out of the water about 4 p.m. and then transported it to the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal for an investigation.

Following the East River mishap, Rep. Carolyn Maloney said she called for a ban on helicopter flights over Manhattan and Brooklyn until their safety could be properly studied.

The FAA said it would be investigating.

While the pilot luckily survived the crash, New York Fire Department Firefighter Tim O'Neill revealed that the pilot and another heliport worker had suffered "non-life-threatening injuries" caused by debris.

A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River near Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon, NY authorities said.

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