WW-II Fighter Plane Crashes In New York

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New York: A vintage World War-2 plane flying in the New York area has crashed in the Hudson river, said officials on Saturday.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) recovered a body, presumed to be the pilot, from the river and near the plane that crashed on Friday evening, an NYPD spokesman said.

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The single-seater P-47 Thunderbolt fighter began smoking and listing to one side as it buzzed over the water

It went down just south of the Edgewater Marina, witnesses said.

A distress signal was sent before the crash, CNN reported citing the NYPD spokesman as saying.

The P-47 Thunderbolt was one of three aircraft that departed Republic Airport on Long Island, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

It was unclear whether the plane was in the area for an air show at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island.

According to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Thunderbolt was a feared ground-attack aircraft.

“US Army Air Forces commanders considered it one of the three premier American fighters, along with the P-51 Mustang and P-38 Lightning. The US built more P-47s than any other fighter airplane,” the Smithsonian said.

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