WWE exec, pilot in helicopter emergency ocean landing

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July 20, 2017
In this photo provided by ToniAnne Campasano Alvino, three rescue boats tow a helicopter that is almost entirely submerged, at far right, in the water off of Gilbo Beach, New York, on Long Island after the Robinson R 44 helicopter made an emergency ocean landing Wednesday.

GILGO BEACH, New York (AP):

A helicopter carrying World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) exec Shane McMahon made an emergency landing Wednesday in the ocean off New York.

Neither the pilot nor passenger was hurt.

McMahon was the passenger in the Robinson R 44 helicopter that came down in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island's Gilgo Beach late Wednesday morning.

The red aircraft could be seen bobbing on its bright yellow pontoons as small boats circled about a half-mile south of the beach.

"It was very unnerving," McMahon said to reporters later. But the pilot "was super calm which made me super calm and we landed perfectly."

He later expressed his thanks to the pilot and emergency responders and tweeted: "I'd like to thank the man upstairs for looking out this morning."

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter had taken off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains.

The pilot issued a mayday call before going into the water, and a commercial flight heading to Kennedy International Airport heard it and relayed it to FAA controllers at a radar facility.

It was not yet clear what went wrong.