NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A helicopter on a sightseeing tour had to make an emergency splash landing in the Hudson River Sunday, following an engine malfunction.
On Sunday night, the pilot was speaking out – and brushing off the praise.
As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, the pilot pf the Bell 206 registered to New York Helicopter was flying from the Wall Street Heliport up the East River. He had circled Yankee Stadium and was on his way back south along the Hudson River when something went wrong.
The pilot urgently called in a disaster as his engine conked out.
A mayday message was broadcast over air traffic control radio, but pilot Michael Campbell, 22, remained calm and steady. Even though he his helicopter had no power, he was able to deploy flotation devices and set it down intact.
At that point, the helicopter landed upright in the water near 79th Street around noon and was drifting south. A family of four Swedish tourists and the pilot were rescued, as the chopper was safely towed to shore.
“The helicopter pilot reported losing power,” NYPD deputy commissioner Paul Browne told 1010 WINS’ Gene Michaels.