9 Believed Dead in NYC Plane-Copter Collision

By: Verena Dobnik AP Email
By: Verena Dobnik AP Email
A small plane has collided with a tour helicopter over the Hudson River and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it

Emergency workers are seen looking for debris in the Hudson River Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, after a small plane collided with a tour helicopter carrying about a half-dozen people sending debris into the river and onto the New Jersey waterfront. (AP Photo/Robert Mecea)

NEW YORK (AP) - A small plane has collided with a tour helicopter over the Hudson River and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it's believed that all nine people are dead.

Bloomberg says the crash victims include five Italian tourists and a pilot on the helicopter and three people on the plane, including a child. Bloomberg says officials believe the accident was "not survivable."

Two bodies have been recovered in the water, one floating free and one in the wreckage. Other bodies have been spotted in the debris.

The mayor says "it's fair to say that this has changed from a rescue to a recovery mission."

The accident happened in a busy general aviation corridor in which pilots operate freely at a low altitude and keep an eye out for other aircraft by sight.


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