Helicopter Lands In Hudson River: Hero Pilot Michael Campbell Emergency Landing Saves Tourist Family [VIDEO]
A helicopter lands in Hudson River on Sunday and witnesses are calling it a miracle. Pilot Michael Campbell was operating a charter helicopter for a sightseeing tour with a tourist family from Sweden when the aircraft lost power. Thankfully, Campbell managed to bring the helicopter down to an emergency landing on the Hudson River. The pilots and passengers were uninjured.
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According to reports, the charter helicopter took off from the Wall Street Heliport and flew over Manhattan Island. Twelve minutes later, the helicopter suffered a loss of power and was losing altitude. At the last moment, the pilot deployed pontoons from the helicopter's landing gear for an upright landing.
"When it was about 5 meters from the water, the floaters came out and it landed quite hard," described witness Lambert De Monte.
"The pilot did a terrific job considering he'd lost his engine power," said Deputy Fire Chief Thomas McKavanaugh.
The passengers were two adults and two children from Sweden. The tourists were taken to a nearby hospital and were promptly discharged with a clear bill of health.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the New York Helicopter registered Bell 206 is used for sightseeing tours at a rate of $139 per person for a 15-minute ride and $295 per person for a 25-minute ride.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the helicopter's sudden loss of power.
Witnesses of the helicopter landing hailed pilot Michael Campbell a hero for bringing the aircraft down intact and upright and for saving the lives of the Swedish family.
"Just doing my job," replied a calm and collected Campbell. "That's all you do at the end of the day."
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