WWE Releases Statement on Shane McMahon's Helicopter Crash

As reported yesterday, WWE Executive Shane McMahon and pilot Mario Regtien, were involved in a helicopter crash Wednesday morning off the coast of Long Island, NY. The helicopter had to make an emergency landing in the water. Remarkably, both McMahon and Regtien are doing well.

The miraculous event was the biggest story in the wrestling world and WWE released a statement to clear up any concerns

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The entire statement from WWE reads:

A helicopter carrying Shane McMahon made an emergency landing today in the Atlantic Ocean near Gilgo Beach on Long Island, N.Y.According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the emergency landing occurred around 10:25 a.m. ET about a half-mile off shore.

The SmackDown LIVE Commissioner spoke with WWE.com after the incident to confirm he and his pilot were fine and escaped injuries from the landing. He explained that he was en route to visiting family on Eastern Long Island when the helicopter troubles started.

"I would like to thank our pilot, Mario, who did a heroic job of landing us safely in the water, the Suffolk County Marine Bureau who were first on the scene, all the lifeguards who came out to assist us and the Fire Island Coast Guard station," he said.

McMahon reiterated that the WWE Universe shouldn't worry and that he won't need to step away from his SmackDown LIVE responsibilities.

"Everyone is safe and sound," he said. "I look forward to seeing everyone at WWE Battleground in Philadelphia this Sunday."

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Shane tweeted his personal thanks to those that helped him escape death:

McMahon's helicopter departed Weschester County Airport, according to WABC in New York. Upon crashing, a commercial flight heading to Kennedy Airport heard the emergency call, and relayed it to controllers at a FAA radar facility.

"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."

Emergency responders hurried to the site and ferried McMahon and Regtien to shore. McMahon is actually doing so well that he was able to calmly address the media in this video:


Shane McMahon's durability is one of WWE lore. Having being involved in some of WWE's most dramatic stunts, perhaps he's been preparing for this moment his whole life. Hopefully, this is all the splash McMahon will be making for a while.