Pilot who landed chopper on river: Just doing job

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Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 8:07 AM

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

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