Plane from Hudson River crash recovered

NEW YORK (AP) — 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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