Video shows moment helicopter goes down in Hudson River

Video shows moment helicopter goes down in Hudson River

A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River in New York City on Wednesday shortly after taking off from Manhattan, causing minor injuries to the pilot and a dockworker, police and fire officials said.

It's believed no passengers were aboard the chopper.

Snapchat video posted by ABC 7 Eyewitness showed the helicopter spiraling as it landed in the water. The helicopter appears to level out and water sprays as the craft goes down. Fortunately, the pilot - 34-year-old Eric Morales - was alone in the helicopter when it descended into the water, and he only sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the CBS News.

"The pilot was not injured and immediately exited the aircraft", Blade said.

At a news conference, authorities said the pilot had just taken off from the helipad after refueling when something went wrong. The aircraft came down quickly, but it wasn't in freefall.

Its blades were rotating.Anthony Raisley, 20, a college student from Middletown, New Jersey, said he and a friend were at the nearby High Line park, watching the river, when they noticed a helicopter near the pad, spinning and wobbling in a way that didn't seem normal.

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They thought it might be a stunt.

His reaction: "Just shock".

As you can see below, onlookers also caught the crash on video so people have been freaking out on Twitter about it.

The chopper was mostly beneath the water, but inflatable pontoons kept it from totally sinking. The chopper, a Bell 206 according to the FAA, was secured by trying it to the pier.

The New York City Police Department's Counterterrorism agency urged people to avoid the area.

"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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