A helicopter has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City

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  • A helicopter crashed into the Hudson River in New York City on Wednesday, the fire department said.
  • Only the pilot was on board, and was safely removed without injury.
  • The crash occurred near a pier where Blade and other companies operate.

A helicopter has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City, the fire department confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the FDNY confirmed the crash and said the pilot, the only person on board, was safely removed from the water with no injuries. The department’s verified Twitter account said there were two other non-life-threatening injuries.

The helicopter appears to be operated by Blade, and the company’s logo was visible in photos and videos from the scene. Blade did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Local news channels showed a large police and fire response to the crash, as onlookers flooded the riverside park to get a better look at the incident. The West Side Highway was partially closed to southbound traffic following the crash as first responders towed the aircraft to the shore.

Multiple people on Twitter said they saw a helicopter plunge into the water around 2:20 pm, near piers where Blade and other helicopters operate on Manhattan’s West side at 30th street and 12th avenue.

Blade is an on-demand helicopter service which operates shuttled from Manhattan to nearby airports, including Newark and JFK, for $195 per seat, according to the company’s website.

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