Friday, May 17, 2019

Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV, N26BB: Accident occurred May 15, 2019 in New York, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; New York, New York

Crashed into river shoreline due to unknown circumstances. 

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc

Date: 15-MAY-19

Time: 18:26:00Z
Regis#: N26BB
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206L 4
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River soon after taking off from a heliport on Manhattan’s West Side, the New York Police Department said.

The pilot, who was the only person on board the aircraft, suffered minor injuries, according to the NYPD. A dockworker attempting to get out of the way of the crash slipped and injured his wrist, police said.

The 34-year-old pilot told officers he had just taken off after refueling Wednesday at the West 30th Street Heliport when “all of a sudden he felt the helicopter go down,” NYPD Assistant Chief Stephen Hughes said.

The pilot landed on the water and was rescued by a passing boat, Mr. Hughes said. The pilot suffered a minor injury to his left hand, he added.

The rotorcraft, identified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV, appeared to stall, hovering for a few moments at a height of about 100 to 120 feet before crashing into the water shortly before 2:30 p.m., witnesses said.

Brenda Gaydos, who said she was in the city from Plano, Texas, to visit her children, saw the crash from a waterfront path.

“It just hovered and went down. We didn’t know what was going on,” said Ms. Gaydos, a retiree. “Immediately, we saw helicopters and boats responding to the crash. They were here pretty quick.”

The helicopter was operated by Zip Aviation, a charter and tour operator that serves other companies, such as Blade, police said. A spokesman for Blade, which offers shuttles between Manhattan and New York City’s airports, said the Zip helicopter wasn’t working for Blade at the time of the crash.

Workers who answered the phone Wednesday at Zip said they had no information about the helicopter. Zip didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said Wednesday evening that investigators won’t travel to the scene.

“The recovery of a Bell helicopter that crashed in New York’s Hudson River Wednesday revealed the helicopter was substantially damaged, as such, NTSB will investigate the event as an accident.”

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

The pilot “all of a sudden he felt the helicopter go down”. He's very perceptive.

Anonymous said...

Probably in shock and didn't remember much