Sunday, June 30, 2013

Helicopter Makes Safe Landing In The Hudson River - No One Injured

Tourist Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Hudson River

FDNY Marine Units guide the helicopter into the W. 79th Street Boat Basin in Riverside Park this afternoon.   The pilot guided the chopper gently into the Hudson River following an engine malfunction. (Photo: FDNY via Twitter)


A helicopter with four tourists on board, including two teenagers, was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River near Manhattan's West Side Sunday, authorities said, according to Associated Press / NBC New York.  
According to a city official familiar with the investigation, the helicopter's pilot made a controlled landing in the water after the engine lost power at around noon. Two adults and two teenagers from Sweden were on board.  
The four passengers and the pilot were taken out of the helicopter and transported by jet ski to the 79th Street Boat Basin in Riverside Park. They suffered only minor injuries and refused medical attention, authorities said.
The helicopter, a Bell 206, is registered to New York Helicopter Charter, an official from the FAA said. It was being towed by the Coast Guard to the Boat Basin Sunday afternoon.
Deputy Fire Chief Thomas McKavanaugh said the helicopter had taken off from the Wall Street Heliport and lost power after 12 minutes in the air. The pilot used the craft's pontoons, and it remained upright as it landed.
"The pilot did a terrific job considering he'd lost his engine power," McKavanaugh said.

Read More:

WNBC - June 30, 2013 

No One Injured As Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In Hudson River
WCBS - June 30 2013

5 Rescued From Hudson River After Helicopter's Emergency Landing
DNAinfo -  June 30, 2013 - By Jess Wisloski and Gustavo Solis

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