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Thomas McKavanaugh

A tourist helicopter is pulled from the Hudson River after making a splash landing following an engine malfunction on Sunday, June 30, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)

Exclusive: Helicopter Pilot Calls Hudson Splash-Landing ‘Best-Case Scenario’

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.

07/01/2013

FDNY Marine Units respond to helicopter down in the Hudson River. (credit: FDNY Twitter)

Helicopter Splash Landing Compared To ‘Miracle On The Hudson’

Shortly after takeoff, 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.

06/30/2013