Vintage plane crashes in New York's Hudson River, body recovered

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Divers Recover Body Of Pilot That Crashed Into Hudson River

A World War Two-era plane crashed on Friday in New York City's Hudson River off Manhattan and a body was recovered from inside the aircraft, authorities said.

The aircraft went down off Manhattan's West 79th Street, a few miles (kms) south of the George Washington Bridge, at around 7:30 p.m., New Jersey State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn said.

SEE ALSO: Signal from EgyptAir flight MS804 could pinpoint location of wreckage

The New York Police Department said it recovered a body from inside the plane and believe it was the pilot, but could not confirm it was the pilot.

Flynn initially said the plane's sole occupant, a male pilot, was rescued from the river and transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

See more from the search:

8 PHOTOS
WWII-era plane crashes into the Hudson River
See Gallery
Vintage plane crashes in New York's Hudson River, body recovered
Search and rescue boats look for a small plane that went down in the Hudson River, Friday, May 27, 2016. The Federal Aviation Administration says it received a report a World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft may have gone down in the river 2 miles south of the George Washington Bridge. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Search and rescue boats look for a small plane that went down in the Hudson River, Friday, May 27, 2016. The Federal Aviation Administration say it received a report a World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft may have gone down in the river 2 miles south of the George Washington Bridge. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
NYPD divers ride a boat on the Hudson River near the site of small plane crash, Saturday, May 28, 2016, in North Bergen, N.J. A World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft crashed into the river Friday, May 27, killing its pilot. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
NYPD search and rescue boats sit on the Hudson River near the site of small plane crash, Saturday, May 28, 2016, in North Bergen, N.J. A World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft crashed into the river Friday, May 27, killing its pilot. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
NYPD search and rescue boats sit on the Hudson River near the site of small plane crash, Saturday, May 28, 2016, in North Bergen, N.J. A World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft crashed into the river Friday, May 27, 2016, killing its pilot. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
In this photo taken from video, search and rescue boats look for a small plane that went down in the Hudson River, Friday, May 27, 2016, near West New York, N.J. The Federal Aviation Administration says it received a report a World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft may have gone down in the river 2 miles south of the George Washington Bridge. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
NYPD search and rescue boats sit on the Hudson River near the site of small plane crash, Saturday, May 28, 2016, in North Bergen, N.J. A World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft crashed into the river Friday, May 27, 2016, killing its pilot. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

The agency later said on its Twitter account that there were conflicting reports from the scene and they could no longer confirm the swimmer in the water was the plane's pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a vintage P-47 Thunderbolt and was one of three aircraft that took off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York.

Flynn said the plane was in the area because of Fleet Week, a week-long celebration of the U.S. military's seafaring service members. The other two aircraft safely returned to the airport.

An investigation has been launched into what caused the crash.

A large police and fire department presence was visible at the makeshift rescue headquarters at the 79th Street Boat Basin, where diners at a nearby restaurant looked on at the operations.

Roughly a half dozen police and fire rescue boats adorned with flashing blue lights trawled the river into Friday night as authorities continued the search.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners