WW-II aircraft crashes into Hudson River


A vintage World War Two aircraft has crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey.

The plane, a single-seater P-47 Thunderbolt, went down two miles (3.2km) south of George Washington Bridge.
Divers later recovered a body, which is believed to be that of the pilot, from the submerged plane.

The cause of the crash has not been confirmed, but engine failure has been cited as a possible cause.

The plane was one of three that flew from an airfield in Farmingdale, east of New York City.

They were taking part in shooting a promotional video to mark the 75th anniversary of the American Airpower Museum.

The two other aircraft, a P-40 and a plane taking the photographs, returned safely to the airfield.

Scuba divers recovered the body of a 56-year-old man, three hours after the crash, which New York police identified as William Gordon of Key West, Florida.

In 2009, the pilot of an airliner with 155 passengers and crew made an emergency landing in the Hudson.

All those on board were later rescued in what later became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”.

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