Vintage plane in deadly crash pulled from Hudson River

A crane pulled a vintage plane from the waters of the Hudson River on Saturday, a day after divers recovered the pilot's body.

A crane pulled a vintage plane from the waters of the Hudson River on Saturday, a day after divers recovered the pilot's body.

A crane pulled a vintage plane from the waters of the Hudson River on Saturday, a day after divers recovered the pilot's body. (5/28/16)

NORTH BERGEN - A crane pulled a vintage plane from the waters of the Hudson River on Saturday, a day after divers recovered the pilot's body.

Police divers attached the plane to the crane around 10:30 a.m. The Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies were involved in efforts to recover the small World War II plane that crashed between New York and New Jersey.

Late Friday night, divers found the body of pilot William Gordon, of Key West, Florida. The 56-year-old was a veteran air show pilot with more than 25 years of experience, according to promotional material for a Key West air show that was held last month. 

The Federal Aviation Administration says it received a report Friday night about the vintage P-47 Thunderbolt going down near the George Washington Bridge. Firefighters say the plane had engine trouble before it went down. 

The American Airpower Museum is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the P-47 Thunderbolt this weekend. Museum spokesman Gary Lewi says the plane is kept at the museum in Farmingdale, 30 miles east of New York City.

The plane was taking part in a photo shoot associated with Fleet Week activities.

The crash happened near the area where a US Airways commercial jet carrying 155 people splash-landed in 2009 in what became known as the Miracle on the Hudson.

Associated Press reports contributed to this story.

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