Friend of East River chopper pilot praises actions after crash

LINDEN - A friend of the pilot who was at the helm of the helicopter that crashed into the East River yesterday says he was as prepared as he could be.

In 2006, pilot Paul Dudley told News 12 New Jersey that safety came first during an emergency landing. Today, the pilot's friend, Rich Brunett, says Dudley's priorities in the sky remain the same.

Brunett says that Dudley, "Handled it extremely well?Went down more than once to get the people out that were in back?Unbuckled them and gave them to cops in water, then tried to get the other one out. Just couldn't because the helicopter was going down too fast. "

Brunett says he flew Dudley to Linden airport this morning. He was apparently headed into New York City to visit the other crash survivors.

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