Divers searching Hudson River where plane crashed

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Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 10:00 AM

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.

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