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HELICOPTER

Swedes survive New York helicopter drama

A Swedish family of four was lucky to escape uninjured when a helicopter was forced to land in the Hudson river in New York on Sunday after it ran out of power just minutes into a tourist flight.

Swedes survive New York helicopter drama

“The pilot did a terrific job, considering he lost his engine power, and landed his ship safely,” fire fighter Thomas McKavanagh told the New York Post.

“He was able to get this helicopter to land upright and with minimal impact.”

The four Swedes on board, two adults and two children, escaped without injury. They had been taking a tourist flight that took off from the Wall Street Heliport, just 12 minutes before the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing.

The chopper managed to stay upright while landing in the water, and activated its pontoons allowing a safe exit for the passengers and pilot.

The incident marks the second time a helicopter has gone down in the area, with a chopper crashing into the waters in 2011, resulting in three deaths.

In 2009, a plane carrying 150 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing on the river after hitting into a flock of geese mid air. Everyone on board escaped alive.

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TERRORISM

Swede confirmed dead after Paris terror attacks

UPDATED: A Swedish citizen was among the victims of the attacks that killed more than 120 people in Paris on Friday, while another was injured, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Swede confirmed dead after Paris terror attacks
Emergency services in Paris's 10th district on Friday night. Photo: Jacques Brinon/TT/AP

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More than 120 people were killed in a series of coordinated bombings and shootings across Paris on Friday, including around 100 shot dead in a bloodbath at a rock concert.

“We have information that one person of Swedish nationality was wounded by gunfire and another was killed,” said Johan Tegel, a ministry spokesman told public television in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The news was confirmed by Swedish Interior Minister Anders Ygeman, speaking to Sveriges Radio in the afternoon.

Read witness accounts of the attacks on The Local France

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström was among the first global figureheads rushing to condemn the attacks on Friday, describing the violence as “horrible news”.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told a press conference just after noon on Saturday that Swedes were “grieving” for France and for the Swedish victims.

“We think of the victims and their relatives, of parents who have lost their children. One Swede is dead and we have information that another Swede has been wounded in a shooting. We are in touch with their families,” he said.

Stockholmers also joined members of the French community living in the Swedish capital and held a peaceful rally in Sergel's torg, one of the largest public squares in the city.

Horrible news from Paris tonight. Our thoughts and support goes to France and all those affected by the deadly attacks.

Meanwhile Swedish officials announced that they were stepping up security in the wake of the terror in France and ahead of Sweden's Euro 2016 qualifier against Denmark in Solna, north of Stockholm, scheduled to kick off at 8.45pm.