Mini “Miracle on the Hudson” When Chopper Crashes In New York City

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(New York City, NY) A helicopter has made an emergency landing in the Hudson River following an engine malfunction.

According to police, the helicopter landed upright in the water near 79th Street around noon and was drifting south.

Five people were in the small sightseeing helicopter when it went down, police said.

CBS affiliate WCBS in New York reported the pilot was able to guide the chopper down safely in the river. Authorities said the pilot was able to deploy some flotation devices to keep the chopper upright following the splash landing.

No one was injured in the incident. Nearby boaters and jet skiers helped bring those aboard the chopper to safety.

The pilot and four passengers were taken to the Boat Basin in Riverside Park, authorities said.

Two adults and two children from Sweden were aboard the New York Helicopter Tours sightseeing helicopter when it went down, Smith reported.

According to authorities, the New York Helicopter Tours chopper took off just after noon from the Wall Street heliport.

NYPD Aviation and Harbor Patrol responded to the scene.

The FDNY towed the Bell 260 helicopter and tied it to the docks near the Boat Basin, Smith reported.

For many, the scene was reminiscent of the “Miracle on the Hudson” when U.S. Airways Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed his plane in the Hudson River after a bird strike knocked out both engines in 2009, and all 155 people aboard survived..

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