GERMANTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say police divers are searching for the body of a pilot in a debris field on the bottom of the Hudson River where an amphibian airplane crashed and sank.
State police Capt. Robert Nuzzo (NUH'-zoh) says Friday that sonar equipment detected debris where the plane went down around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near the river's east bank in Germantown in Columbia County, 40 miles south of Albany.
Nuzzo says wreckage recovered after the crash indicate the plane was a twin-engine Grumman G44A Widgeon, a World War II-era reconnaissance aircraft designed to land on water.
He says the pilot, who was alone, didn't return after taking off from a private airfield in nearby Copake about a half-hour before the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the accident.