NYC Helicopter Carrying Tourists Abruptly Loses Power And Lands On The Hudson River, Highlight Hollywood News

A charter helicopter carrying a family of four Swedes on a sightseeing tour of New York City lost power shortly after takeoff Sunday and made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, authorities said. The pilot and occupants were uninjured. The helicopter landed shortly before noon in the section of the river near 79th Street by the New York City Marina.

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.

 

 

The passengers were two adults and two children from Sweden, he said. No one was injured, but the tourists were taken to the hospital for observation, authorities said.  Sebastien Berthelet, visiting from Montreal, was on a boat when the craft went down and went over to help, bringing the pilot back to shore.

 

 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter, a Bell 206, is registered to New York Helicopter, which offers sightseeing tours ranging from $139 per person for a 15-minute flight to $295 per person for a 25-minute flight. A call to the company went unanswered.

 

 

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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