Blade helicopter ride-share taxi crashes in NY


A commuter chopper run by a company known as the "Uber for helicopters" crashed into the Hudson River this morning in NY, the crash captured by horrified onlookers.

It "fell short of a landing pad on West 30th street and Hudson River", police said in a tweet. 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.

Morales was rescued from the river by a barge, having sustained a cut to one hand. Officials said the pilot was on the only person on the helicopter when it went down around 2:30 p.m. There was no indication drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

A helicopter crash in October 2011 took the lives of three others.

"Earlier today, a helicopter made a safe emergency landing on floats in the Hudson River near the heliport", a Blade representative confirmed to The Verge.

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The helicopter is operated by Blade chopper service, which operates a shuttle service between Manhattan and local airports.

'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 National Transportation Safety Board said it would investigate the accident.

"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".

Details about the cause of the helicopter crash were not immediately available. The chopper then crashed into the water just next to the pier and the pilot climbed onto the emergency flotation pontoons, which has deployed, police said.

"The next thing you know, it was out of sight", he said.