A small helicopter carrying Shane McMahon, the son of WWE CEO Vince McMahon, made an emergency crash landing just off a New York beach.
According to the FAA says, the Robinson R-44 helicopter with two aboard–including McMahon–landed on its pontoon skids just before 10:30 AM on Wednesday near Gilgo Beach, New York.
Neither McMahon or the pilot, Mario Regtien, was injured.
“We heard some noise, and it became very clear to me that I could no longer continue flying the helicopter,” Regtien said. “So I decided to do an auto-rotation landing in the water.”
via ABC New York:
Emergency responders, including two lifeguards, picked up the two and ferried them safety to shore. Both were wearing life jackets. NYPD Aviation and SCUBA units also responded and assisted in the rescue.
“It’s very unsettling when all the sudden you have something happen,” McMahon said. “You hear a bang, and then you start saying, ‘We’re going to do an emergency landing in the water.’ So yes, it was very unnerving. But again, Mario was super calm, which made me super calm. And we landed perfectly.”
McMahon had chartered the flight from New York City to Westhampton to visit his family, and they had taken off from the West Side Heliport. The trouble began just south of Republic Airport, while they were cruising at 1,400 feet.
The crashed helicopter was registered to “Awesome Flight LLC” of White Plains, New York.
McMahon is an American businessman and part-time professional wrestler who is a minority owner of WWE and the vice-chairman of Wecast Holdings Inc.
He is currently the on-screen commissioner of WWE’s weekly television show SmackDown Live.