A World War II-era fighter plane has crashed in the Hudson River near 79 St., said the New York Police Department on Friday. A 56-year-old male was removed from the water and declared deceased by EMS.
“NYPD & FDNY joint operation ongoing in response to a small plane landing in the Hudson River near 79 St,” officials confirmed on Twitter.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to have received a report about a P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft crashing in the river, two miles south of the George Washington Bridge, according to ABC News.
NYPD divers were instructed to search for the plane and its pilot. The FAA said in a statement that the WWII-era aircraft was one of three to have departed from Republic Airport on Long Island.
Newsday reports the plane was kept at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York.
“Apparently the aircraft suffered an inflight engine failure and the pilot put it into the Hudson,” said museum spokesman Gary Lewi. “I’m told the aircraft is at the bottom of the Hudson.”
New Jersey State Police initially said that the pilot suffered minor injuries: “WWII vintage P47. 1 male pilot. Minor injuries. En route to hospital. Plane 2 be scrapped by Army Corp. of Engineers.” However, they later tweeted: “Conflicting reports from scene of plane crash. No longer can confirm swimmer in water was pilot. Invest. ongoing.”