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Helicopter crash-lands in NYC river

A helicopter was hoisted from the Hudson River Sunday. No one was injured.
Carlo Allegri /Associated Press
A helicopter was hoisted from the Hudson River Sunday. No one was injured.

NEW YORK — 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.

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‘‘The pilot did a terrific job, considering he’d lost his engine power,’’ McKavanaugh said.

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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.

He said he complimented the pilot on the landing, but the pilot said it could have been smoother. ‘‘I said, ‘Well, it could have been worse, too,’ ’’ Berthelet said.

Associated Press