WWII-era Small Plane Crashes in Hudson River

NYPD(NEW YORK) -- A World War II-era fighter plane crashed in the Hudson River Friday evening and a body was recovered, police officials said.

The NYPD said the plane, which took off from an airport in Suffolk County, went into the water around 7:30 p.m. A distress signal was issued.

The NYPD said that it had located the plane, and a body was recovered. New Jersey State Police initially said that the pilot suffered minor injuries and was en route to the hospital, but the agency said later it could not confirm that.

The exact circumstances of the crash, about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge, were not clear.

The FAA said that the World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport on Long Island. The two other aircraft returned to the airport safely, the FAA said.

The P-47 was the heaviest single-engine fighter in WWII, according to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.

"Despite its size, the P-47 proved to be one of the best performing fighters to see combat," the museum's website said. "Produced in greater numbers than any other U.S. made fighter, the story of how it came to exist is at least as interesting as its many accomplishments."

"The mighty Thunderbolt broke the back of the Luftwaffe and pounded the Wehrmacht without mercy," the museum added.

Further details were not known.

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