Pilot safely lands helicopter full of tourists on Hudson after engine malfunctions mid-air

Posted at 6:55 PM, Jun 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-30 18:55:22-04

A tour helicopter made a hard landing on the Hudson River near West 79th Street Sunday morning.

The five people on board — the pilot and four passengers — were rescued and are fine.

The passengers were Swedish tourists and said that the pilot was superb in reducing the impact from the landing.

The landing happened shortly before noon.

Witnesses say the helicopter was low to the water and appeared to be going down.

Emergency services were on the scene in a matter of minutes.

The helicopter had taken off from the Wall Street heliport.