All on board the Bell 206 were rescued and are uninjured, according to local authorities, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an e-mailed statement. The helicopter, registered to New York Helicopter Charter Inc., was lifted onto a tugboat with a crane and moved to the Wall Street Heliport, she said.
The New York Fire Department said it received a call at around 11:58 a.m. about the incident, and that the helicopter had dropped from an unknown height after experiencing engine trouble. Good Samaritans from a nearby boat and a jet ski helped the passengers to safety, FDNY firefighter and spokesman Daniel Glover said by telephone.
The passengers, a family of four, were taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center as a precaution, while the pilot refused further medical attention, Glover said. Their names weren’t released.
“The pilot made a precautionary, emergency landing,” said New York Helicopter Charter owner Mike Roth in phone interview. “Everybody is fine and everybody has gone home.”
The helicopter-tour operator offers sightseeing flights beginning at $139 for a 15-minute “Liberty Tour,” according to its website.
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident, Bergen said.
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