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The Latest: Pilot escapes NYC helicopter after crash landing

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter crash in the Hudson River (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

New York City police and fire officials say the pilot of a helicopter that crash landed in the Hudson River escaped with just a minor hand injury.

At a news conference Wednesday, authorities said the 34-year-old pilot had just taken off from a Manhattan helipad after refueling when he suddenly felt the aircraft drop.

He was able to steer it into the water about 150 feet from the waterside helipad and then scramble on to the aircraft's inflatable pontoons.

Nobody else was aboard. A dockworker trying to get out of the way of the descending aircraft slipped and injured his wrist.

Video of the 2:30 p.m. crash landing showed the aircraft wobbling and then spinning as it dropped into the water.

A marine crane hauled the helicopter out of the water about 4 p.m.

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3:30 p.m.

The Fire Department of New York says a pilot and a heliport worker have non-life-threatening injuries after a helicopter crashed into the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport.

The pilot was alone in the helicopter and was able to escape when it landed in the river near West 30th Street on Wednesday afternoon.

It was mostly beneath the water but inflatable pontoons kept it from totally sinking.

The FDNY says the heliport worker was hit by debris.

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2:55 p.m.

The Fire Department of New York says a helicopter has gone down in the Hudson River.

WABC says the pilot got out and was OK after the helicopter landed in the river at around West 30th Street on Wednesday afternoon.

It's believed no passengers were aboard the chopper.

A video of the helicopter going into the down showed it descending into the river very close to the shoreline near a busy helipad.