Tourist helicopter lands in Hudson River - New York News

Pilot hailed hero in helicopter river landing

Posted: Updated:
@FDNY Twitter @FDNY Twitter
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A helicopter crash landed out in the middle of Hudson River Sunday afternoon, a minor miracle on the Hudson with fire, police and witnesses saying pilot did great job.

The incident happened around noon when the tour helicopter took off from the Wall Street heliport. 12 minutes into the flight, the pilot radioed that he was having engine trouble, according to FDNY Chief.

The engine then lost power with a family of four Swedish tourists on board. The pilot then crash landed in the middle of the Hudson River in sight of the 79th Street Boat Basin.

"He came in fast and low and just smacked right down into the water. It was just fortunate he (pilot) had the wherewithal to lift the nose before they finally dropped into the Hudson," said Stefan Capan, witness.

Just before the chopper hit the water the pilot deployed pontoons which kept the chopper aloft. Then tourists from Montreal used their dingy, a motorized rubber raft to rescue the pilot.

"We were in our boat and saw the helicopter go down, like we was about five minutes from the water and the floaters came out and landed quite hard," said Lambert De Mont, a rescuer from Montreal.  

Others on jet skis and boats rescued the Swedish family. Witnesses, police and fire officials say the pilot did a great job.

"The pilot did a terrific job considering he lost his engine power landed his ship safely," said Tom McKavangh FDNY.

So safely no one was injured. The pilot from NY Helicopter based in Linden, New Jersey was the model of cool and calm on land too.

"Just doing my job. It was an emergency in flight and I did what I had to do," said the pilot Mike Campbell.

Fire and police boats helped tow the Bell Jet Ranger helicopter into the 79th Street Boat Basin. It was loaded onto a boat and shipped away for review.

Authorities don't know exact cause of the landing just that the engine shut down. The landing really took nerves to bring crash land safely like Chesley Sullenberger.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Cocktails with Moses Laboy

    Cocktails with Moses Laboy

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:49:46 GMT
    Mixologist Moses Laboy came to Friday Night Live to mix up some cocktails to get us started on the holiday weekend. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Laboy has mixed drinks at Red Rooster, Los Americanos, Le Colonial NYC, and elsewhere. He has served drinks to President Obama and President Clinton.
    Mixologist Moses Laboy came to Friday Night Live to mix up some cocktails to get us started on the holiday weekend. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Laboy has mixed drinks at Red Rooster, Los Americanos, Le Colonial NYC, and elsewhere. He has served drinks to President Obama and President Clinton.
  • ME: Cops' restraint of man factor in death

    ME: Cops' restraint of man factor in death

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-08-30 01:17:48 GMT
    The death of a drugged, emotionally disturbed man restrained by police near St. Patrick's Cathedral has been ruled a homicide. The medical examiner's office cited "physical restraint by police" Friday as a factor in Ronald Singleton's July 13 death.
    The death of a drugged, emotionally disturbed man restrained by police near St. Patrick's Cathedral has been ruled a homicide. The medical examiner's office cited "physical restraint by police" Friday as a factor in Ronald Singleton's July 13 death.
  • Labor Day dishes by Chef Jason Tilmann

    Labor Day dishes by Chef Jason Tilmann

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:57:58 GMT
    If you're looking to beef up your Labor Day barbecue with something different, Chef Jason Tilmann, the executive chef at Strand Bistro in Midtown Manhattan, has some ideas and tips. Chef Tilmann demonstrated several dishes.
    If you're looking to beef up your Labor Day barbecue with something different, Chef Jason Tilmann, the executive chef at Strand Bistro in Midtown Manhattan, has some ideas and tips. Chef Tilmann demonstrated several dishes.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: August 29, 2014

    Friday Night Live: August 29, 2014

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:14:33 GMT

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Electric Zoo Festival, Beth Shak, Richard Albrecht, Kathy Wakile, and Moses Laboy .

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Electric Zoo Festival, Beth Shak, Richard Albrecht, Kathy Wakile, and Moses Laboy .


  • Cocktails with Moses Laboy

    Cocktails with Moses Laboy

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:49:46 GMT
    Mixologist Moses Laboy came to Friday Night Live to mix up some cocktails to get us started on the holiday weekend. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Laboy has mixed drinks at Red Rooster, Los Americanos, Le Colonial NYC, and elsewhere. He has served drinks to President Obama and President Clinton.
    Mixologist Moses Laboy came to Friday Night Live to mix up some cocktails to get us started on the holiday weekend. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Laboy has mixed drinks at Red Rooster, Los Americanos, Le Colonial NYC, and elsewhere. He has served drinks to President Obama and President Clinton.
  • Business is good at Coney Island

    Business is good at Coney Island

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:22:32 GMT
    From the brand-new Thunderbolt roller coaster to the world-famous boardwalk, tourists and business owners alike say Coney Island had a great ride of its own this summer. Toms Coney Island's general manager Vasilios Tourlokas says the mild summer impacted his boardwalk business in the best way possible: a 10 to 15 percent increase.
    From the brand-new Thunderbolt roller coaster to the world-famous boardwalk, tourists and business owners alike say Coney Island had a great ride of its own this summer. Toms Coney Island's general manager Vasilios Tourlokas says the mild summer impacted his boardwalk business in the best way possible: a 10 to 15 percent increase.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices