Pilot who landed chopper on river: Just doing job

July 1, 2013 - 10:35 AM
APTOPIX Helicopter into Hudson

A helicopter is lifted onto a barge at the 79th Street Boat Basin after making an emergency landing over the Hudson river, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in New York. The charter helicopter was carrying a family of four Swedes on a sightseeing tour of New York City when it lost power shortly after takeoff and made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, authorities said. The pilot and occupants were uninjured. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — The pilot of a sightseeing helicopter that made an emergency landing on New York's Hudson River says he was just doing his job.

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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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com