San Francisco transit talks resume; Swedish tourists uninjured in Hudson River landing

June 30, 2013
New York
Tourists safe after
landing in river

A charter helicopter carrying a family of four Swedes on a sightseeing tour of New York City lost power shortly after takeoff Sunday and made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, authorities said. The pilot and occupants were uninjured.

The helicopter landed shortly before noon in the section of the river near 79th Street by the New York City Marina.

Deputy Fire Chief Thomas McKavanaugh said the helicopter had taken off from the Wall Street Heliport and lost power after 12 minutes in the air. The pilot used the craft’s pontoons, and it remained upright as it landed.

The passengers were two adults and two children from Sweden, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

— Associated Press

California
Transit talks resume
in San Francisco

Two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit’s largest unions and management returned to the bargaining table Sunday in an 11th-hour attempt to avoid a potential strike.

Representatives from Service Employees International Union Local 1021, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and BART were scheduled to begin negotiations Sunday afternoon as the unions’ contracts were set to expire at midnight.

The meeting came nearly 24 hours after union negotiators said they would probably strike, which would cripple the region’s Monday morning commute.

Circus performer dies in fall: A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas. Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, was pronounced dead late Saturday at a hospital after falling about 50 feet from the show’s stage. Witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun that the accident occurred near the end of the production Saturday night at the MGM Grand. Visitor Dan Mosqueda of Colorado Springs said the performer was being hoisted up the side of the stage when it appeared that she slipped free of her safety wire and plummeted to a pit below the stage.

Storm threatening Mexican coast: Tropical Storm Dalila was churning across the Pacific off southwest Mexico, and authorities issued a tropical storm warning for a large swath of coastline. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the fourth tropical storm of the season formed early Sunday and was centered about 235 miles south-southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico. Tropical storm conditions were expected to reach the coast early Monday.

— From news services

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