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Manhattan, NY - Hero Pilot Remained Calm While Landing Chopper On Hudson River

Published on: July 1, 2013 12:15 PM
By: AP
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A helicopter rests on a pontoon at the 79th Street Boat Basin after emergency landing over the Hudson river, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in New York. New York authorities say a helicopter carrying four Swedish tourists landed in the Hudson River off Manhattan Sunday, but everyone has been rescued. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Manhattan, NY - The pilot of a sightseeing helicopter that made an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River says he was just doing his job.

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Michael Campbell tells the New York Post ( HTTP://BIT.LY/12XUUQJ ) everything was going smoothly Sunday when suddenly he heard “a big boom.”

The charter helicopter was carrying a family of four Swedes when it lost power shortly after takeoff. It landed safely on the river. No one was injured.

Speaking from his Woodbridge, N.J., home, the 23-year-old pilot said he knew he needed to remain calm. He says, “if I panicked, I knew it wouldn’t be a very good ending.”

Campbell deployed the craft’s pontoons, which kept it upright and afloat. A boater brought the family back to shore.



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