WWII plane in fatal crash pulled from river
Divers have retrieved the wreckage of a World War II plane that crashed into the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, killing the pilot.
The plane was pulled out of the water at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday by divers with the New York Police Department and the Army Corps of Engineers. It was being taken to a heliport in Manhattan. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will examine the aircraft as part of its investigation.
The single-seat P-47 Thunderbolt crashed at about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The body of pilot William Gordon was recovered hours later.
Gordon had 25 years of experience as an air show performer.
The plane was taking part in the American Airpower Museum’s celebration of the P-47 Thunderbolt’s 75th anniversary this weekend.