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Mini "Miracle on the Hudson" when chopper crashes in NYC

Updated 6:23 p.m. ET

A helicopter made an emergency landing in the Hudson River following an engine malfunction.

According to police, the helicopter landed upright in the water near 79th Street around noon and drifted south.

CBS News' Don Dahler reports it was a scary ending to a tour of the Big Apple for a family from Sweden.

The tourist helicopter started from a Wall Street heliport, flew up the East River, and circled Yankee Stadium before heading south.

CBS affiliate WCBS in New York reported the pilot was able to guide the chopper down safely in the river. Authorities said the pilot was able to deploy some flotation devices to keep the chopper upright following the splash landing.

A man who self-identified as the pilot of the helicopter told CBS News' Dahler he is not a hero, adding: "Just doing my job. That's all you can do at the end of the day."

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FDNY Marine Units respond to a helicopter down in the Hudson River on June 30, 2013. FDNY Twitter

No one was injured in the incident. Nearby boaters and jet skiers helped bring those aboard the chopper to safety.

The pilot and four passengers were taken to the Boat Basin in Riverside Park, authorities said.

Two adults and two children from Sweden were aboard the New York Helicopter Tours sightseeing helicopter when it went down, Smith reported.

NYPD Aviation and Harbor Patrol responded to the scene.

Frank McCarton, deputy commissioner of operations at New York City Office of Emergency Management, had high praise for the pilot.

"In about 15 minutes, it could have been a lot worse when he was circling over Yankee Stadium," McCarton said. "This is a pilot that knew exactly what he was doing at the time he was doing it."

The FDNY towed the Bell 260 helicopter and tied it to the docks near the Boat Basin, Smith reported.

For many, the scene was reminiscent of the "Miracle on the Hudson" when U.S. Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed his plane in the Hudson River after a bird strike knocked out both engines in 2009, and all 155 people aboard survived..

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