Divers locate plane wreckage in Hudson River

Posted at: 05/03/2013 12:48 PM | Updated at: 05/03/2013 1:55 PM
By: Chris Rooney

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A command center is set up on the banks of the Hudson River after a plane crash in Germantown on May 2, 3013.

Dan Levy / WNYT

GERMANTOWN – Divers are back in the water where a small plane crashed into the Hudson River Thursday afternoon in Columbia County. They’re searching for the pilot of a World War II-style plane that went down in Germantown.

State police say divers located the plane’s tail section in the water, in an area that is about 100 square feet and 25 feet deep. The portion of the tail with the plane's ID number has not yet been found. 

Earlier investigators had recovered several pieces of debris floating on the surface. That helped them identify the plane as a twin-engine Grumman G-44A reconnaissance aircraft.

State police say they believe they know who the pilot was, but they are not yet releasing the name. The say he took off from a private airstrip in Copake.

With the use of sonar equipment, they hope to recover the pilot’s body and bring up pieces of the plane with the help of a salvage company.

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