Helicopter crashes into New York City river

The helicopter was captured on video spinning out of control and plunging into the Hudson River but the pilot, who was on his way to pick up passengers, survived.
1:44 | 05/16/19

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Now to a helicopter crash here in New York City. A witness captured the moment when the copter hit the water. You see it happening right there. The solo pilot survived and ABC's gio Benitez is on the scene in the Hudson river with the story. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, George, good morning. Yeah, that chopper crashed right here just moments after takeoff and now this morning investigators at the NTSB are asking that question, why? It's the terrifying video you can't take your eyes off of, a chopper spinning out of control breaking into pieces then plunging into the Hudson river in New York City. Holy . Reporter: The sightseeing chopper had just taken off after refueling on the way to pick up passengers. We were looking out on the water and then all of a sudden we saw this splash and we looked out and there was a helicopter. Reporter: The helicopter's flotation devices deployed but with the blades cutting through the water, the chopper flipped over. We see the helicopter and at first maybe I thought it was a stunt because it was starting to wobble a little bit then it started to become a little bit more suspicious and the next thing you know it disappeared. Reporter: Incredibly the pilot survived with just a cut on his hand. He stood on one of the flow dags devices until a passing ferryboat picked him up. I called out to him. You know, said, okay, and he came right up the ladder. Reporter: This comes a year after another high-profile chopper crash in New York's east river killing five. And back here along the Hudson river we can tell you that ferry captain, the one who rescued the pile, well, he says this is actually his second rescue in a decade so thank goodness he was out there, Amy. Oh, certainly. Glad everyone is okay.

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