One of a fleet of helicopters being used as part of Blade’s ride-sharing service has been forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York.
Blade called the landing “safe”, with the helicopter coming down on floats near the heliport.
“There were no passengers on board. The pilot was not injured and immediately exited the aircraft,” Blade said.
At the time, the helicopter taxi was being moved to the West Side Heliport to be refueled by Zip Aviation.
As there were no injuries, Blade said the incident will not be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
All Blade services – which allow people to book by the seat, or charter or crowdsource a flight – are operating normally.
Both the New York City Fire Department and the NYPD had flagged the crash earlier on Wednesday.
“FDNY members remain on scene of a helicopter crash in the Hudson River,” a fire department tweet said. “The helicopter is tied to the pier at this time. The pilot is on land, and was the only person on board.”
However, it added that there were “two non-life-threatening injuries” involved: “The pilot and one heliport worker injured by debris.”
“Firefighter Chris Morgan and I entered the helicopter in the water to make sure there were no additional passengers,” FDNY firefighter Tim O’Neill said. “The pilot was exiting the helicopter and getting onto a civilian boat.
“The rear part of the cabin had already begun to fill up with water. We verified that the emergency fuel was shut off, and secured the helicopter using ropes to the bulkhead and an FDNY Marine unit.”