Helicopter Lands In New York’s Hudson River

Authorities of NYPD reported a helicopter that carried four Swedish tourists landed in the Hudson River Sunday afternoon, near 79th Street. Everyone have been rescued at this hour.

Passengers and pilot were immediately taken to the shore. The helicopter remains upright.

Among the victims, there were 2 children. All the occupants were transported to the 79th Street Boat Basin via Jet Ski.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

Amtrak Derailment In Connecticut Causes Suspension Of Service In The Tri-State

Amtrak service has been suspended in the busy New York-Boston corridor due to a derailment in New Haven, Connecticut.

New York – Washington service has not been suspended, making the Springfield, Massachusetts shuttle operate as scheduled.

Passengers who opt to not travel due to the service interruption will receive a full refund or another trip voucher. Go to Amtrak.com or use the Amtrak Mobile App to modify or cancel your tickets.

No Explosives Found on JFK-to-Madrid Flight After Emergency Landing

A scare in the air forced a flight from New York to Madrid to turn around and make an emergency landing Thursday night.

An air marshal on board spotted something suspicious, triggering the urgent response.

Passengers said they had no idea that what was considered a suspicious device, described as what appeared to be wires sticking out of drinking straws, was found in the lavatory. But the Transportation Security Administration says the wild ending to the Delta Airlines flight was all about nothing.

Flight 126 left John F. Kennedy International Airport around 8 p.m., but a little more than 90 minutes later, it was back at the gate, where hundreds of passengers were evacuated as bomb experts scoured the jet.

“We landed, and there a million security trucks, emergency trucks and fire trucks,” passenger Dayna Kurtz said. “People got a little worried then, that was a little freaky. You know, guys in HAZMAT suits and stuff surrounding the plane. It was pretty intense.”

The passengers were loaded onto buses and moved to a remote part of the airport.

Meanwhile, the FBI and TSA questioned two people about the mysterious wires found in the rear bathroom.

One of them was a woman who made the pilot suspicious with her claim of being ill. A transmission between the pilot and air traffic control was released.

PILOT: Yes sir. We have a lady that is on oxygen who the flight attendants want paramedics for but we think she’s the one that is supposed to be the decoy that keeps looking at the gentleman that was playing with the possible explosive device in the lavatory. So if she gets off the aircraft by a medic she has to be escorted by police also. But we’re going to want paramedics to take her off.

ATC: Roger. If I understand you you want her off at this time? Is that correct?

PILOT: That would be correct.

ATC: Stand by one.

In the end, there was no device. The two people being questioned were cleared, and the flight took off again for Spain.

Delta spokeswoman Sarah Lora released the following statement on behalf of the airline:

“Out of an abundance of caution, Flight 126 JFK to Madrid with 206 passengers returned to JFK approximately an hour after departure due to security concerns. The flight landed safely and was met by local law enforcement.”

Investigators still haven’t been able to explain what the device was or how it got there, only that they are sure it was not a bomb.

ABC 7 New York Reports.

‘Hologram’ to greet and guide travelers at N.Y. airports

A female “avatar” — in the form of a life-size hologram type of image — will soon begin greeting and guiding people at special kiosks at the New York area’s three airports.

The computerized avatars will provide automated, basic information to travelers in LaGuardia’s Central Terminal Building, Newark Liberty’s Terminal B and JFK’s Terminal 5 when they are installed in early July.

The computer-generated customer-service agent will be able to respond verbally when asked questions on everything from where the nearest restroom is to where customers should head for a connecting flight.

The virtual worker is projected on a pane of glass that was given the figure of a woman.

This is the first time this technology will be used at an airport in North America, according to the Port Authority.

She was designed to improve customer service, Port Authority officials said — and she does not need lunch or bathroom breaks or overtime pay.

The machines are being rented on a trial basis for about $180,000 for six months.

It it part of a larger initiatvie to help travelers at the airports.

Improvements will include the addition of more customer care agents, expanded efforts to curtail taxi hustling, the installation of more power poles for electronic devices, and cleaner restroom facilities.

The Port Authority will begin increasing the number of red-jacketed customer care representatives by 20 percent during peak hours with 70 new agents.  Customer service representatives speak a total of 27 different languages, with English and Spanish most prevalent.

An estimated 106 million passengers pass through the airports annually.

Travelers also will find more than 100 additional power poles to supply their electronic devices throughout the terminals at all three airports, along with additional food court seating.

MyFox New York Reports.

Passengers Leave Delta Flight After Health Scare

After a reported quarantine, passengers on a Delta flight that landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport were allowed to disembark.

The news of a quarantine of flight 3163 from Detroit followed reports of an ill passenger, according to ABC News station WLS in Chicago.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago Department of Health met the plane on the tarmac and worked with emergency crews to assess the issue. According to the city’s Department of Aviation, the plane landed at the airport this afternoon.

Passengers on the flight said that the plane pulled up to the gate after landing, but the pilot would not open the door, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press. Instead, according to the article, two officers in Hazmat suits from the Chicago Fire Department boarded the plane to examine a passenger, a woman from Uganda.

Read the complete story on Good Morning America.