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.

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, which is investigating the crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board, says it received a report Friday night about the vintage P-47 Thunderbolt going down near Edgewater, New Jersey. Firefighters say the plane had engine trouble before it went down, and witnesses reported seeing smoke billowing from the plane. 

The American Airpower Museum on Long Island 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.

The plane was supposed to take part in an air show on Long Island Saturday.

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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