07 July 2007 - NEW YORK - Video of the rescue of the helicopter that crashed into the Hudson River.
"A helicopter on a sightseeing tour of Manhattan crashed into the Hudson River on Saturday afternoon, sending all eight people aboard into the water until rescuers arrived, the authorities said.
The pilot and seven passengers were rescued from the waters between Manhattan and the New Jersey shore with no major injuries shortly after the crash took place at about 4:30 p.m., police said.
The tour helicopter was owned by Liberty Helicopters, which runs sightseeing excursions around the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Manhattan.
For most tours, Liberty passengers pay between 30 and 186 dollars per person for rides lasting from two to 17 minutes.
According to two crash survivors, the helicopter suffered an engine failure before plunging down into the water.
The pilot was calm, telling passengers to put on life vests and how to release the safe belt, they said.
A witness who was fishing near Pier 33 told Xinhua that he noticed that there was something wrong with the black helicopter because it sent out very unusual noises."
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