Helicopter Forced to Land in Hudson River

High surf batters the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty in New York on October 29, 2012 as New Yorkers prepare for Hurricane Sandy expected to hit the city later tonight. Much of the eastern United States was in lockdown mode awaiting the arrival of a hurricane dubbed “Frankenstorm” that threatened to wreak havoc on the area with storm surges, driving rain and devastating winds. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A private sightseeing helicopter had to make an emergency stop in the Hudson near 79th Street at around noon on Sunday after the aircraft lost engine power. Thanks to what FDNY Deputy Chief Thomas McKavanagh called the pilot’s “terrific job,” he and his four passengers escaped unharmed, though they did have to spend about ten minutes bobbing in the water until rescue crews arrived. Meanwhile, the chopper briefly floated southward until the FDNY managed to tow it to 30th Street. Call it a mini-Miracle on the Hudson.