Ships pull a downed helicopter from the Hudson River off of Manhattan Island in New York, Wednesday, May 15.

READ MORE: A helicopter crash-landed in the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport Wednesday and partly sank, but not before the pilot was able to escape mostly unscathed.

The 34-year-old pilot suffered just a minor hand injury after the hard splashdown, which happened just before 2:30 p.m. and was recorded by bystanders who saw the aircraft in trouble and whipped out their mobile phones.


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