Small plane crashes in Hudson River; pilot hurt, rescued

NEW YORK (AP) — A small World War II vintage plane that was taking part in Fleet Week activities crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Friday, but the pilot was rescued, authorities said.

The male pilot, the only person aboard, suffered minor injuries and was being taken to a hospital, New Jersey state police Sgt. Jeffrey Flynn said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft, which went down near the George Washington Bridge, was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, on Long Island, just east of New York City. The other two aircraft returned to the airport and landed safely.

North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue co-director Jeff Welz told The Jersey Journal that firefighters and the Coast Guard responded after the Friday night crash and that the plane was in the area for Fleet Week activities. He said the plane sank “pretty quickly.”

The annual Fleet Week draws thousands of people to the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for events including live demonstrations.

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