Helicopter carrying WWE's Shane McMahon crash lands near NY beach

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Helicopter carrying WWE's Shane McMahon crash lands in NY. Report from Action News at 5:30 p.m. on July 19, 2017. (WPVI)

A small helicopter carrying Shane McMahon, the son of WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, made a crash landing in the waters off a New York beach.

The FAA says the Robinson R-44 helicopter with two aboard landed on its pontoon skids just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near Gilgo Beach.

Neither McMahon or 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."

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Kristin Thorne has the latest on how two people were rescued after a helicopter crashed in the waters off of Gilgo Beach.


Emergency responders 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.

"It went as good as it could go," Regtien said. "Landed softly, and I checked to see if he was OK. Everyone was fine, and we waited for the Coast Guard at that point. I left my shoes in the helicopter in case we had to swim."

Photos: Scene of helicopter crash landing


McMahon thanked all those involved.

"First of all, I'd like to thank the pilot, Mario," he said. "He did an amazing job. He was cool under pressure. I couldn't have been in better hands. He explained everything as it was happening. I'd also like to thank the Coast Guard, who was there instantaneously, Suffolk County Marine, a bureau that was there, the lifeguards that came to the beach. Just thankful that everything worked out well and that we're here."

On Twitter, McMahon shared how thankful he was for surviving the crash, "I'd like to thank the man upstairs for looking out this morning & thanks to pilot Mario, Suffolk County Marine Bureau & Babylon Coast Guard."


The helicopter is registered to "Awesome Flight LLC" of White Plains.

Shane McMahon is expected to be in Philadelphia on Sunday when WWE brings its Battleground pay-per-view event to the Wells Fargo Center.

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