Yonkers +1-Engine Plane Down+

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    Yonkers +1-Engine Plane Down+ A 1-engine piper plane is down in the Hudson River 3-4 miles north of the George Washington Bridge area of 23 Water Grant Street near the old Sugar Factory, with 2 victims clinging onto the wreckage.
    Aviation Sea&Rescue on the scene, ESU and NYPD Divers are responding.

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    U/D: 12:09
    ESU reporting unknown how many on board, Aviation has 2 divers in the water at this time, requesting moultiple ambulances to respond.

    U/D: 12:13
    Aviation-15 has one aided on board, U.S.C.G. Chopper has another one both enroute to Jacobi Medical Center Helo port, only 2 aided on board.


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    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    17 years ago

    AP wire has slightly different version

    “The instructor took over the controls and the student got on the radio, declared an emergency and a mayday,” Peters said.

    A Delta Air Lines pilot who heard the distress call notified a control tower, which had the plane on radar, Peters said. The emergency call triggered an immediate search for the aircraft.

    The two helicopters, which responded separately from Brooklyn and Atlantic City, N.J., were on the scene “very fast, and the divers were in the water very fast, and survival is very much related to that,” Yonkers police emergency services Capt. Frank Messar said.

    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    17 years ago

    The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

    It appears, authorities said, that the Piper Warrior 28 simply lost power in its lone engine, forcing the pilots, who had intended to fly over the East River, to attempt an emergency landing in the Hudson just before 11:30 a.m., about one mile north of the Bronx border.

    “The indicator light went on, that there was a problem with the engine,” said NYPD Capt. Robert Lukach.

    Moments earlier, the pilots had waved to a recently retired NYPD officer who was working his new job, piloting a copter filled with tourists.

    When the doomed plane faltered, the pilots radioed for help, authorities said.

    “Engine out!” came their radio call, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and police sources. “We’re going into the water.”

    The retired cop heard that call and quickly contacted the NYPD — bypassing 911 and saving valuable time — which sent its air rescue team from Floyd Bennett Field, at the southern end of Brooklyn.

    The plane took off from South Jersey Regional Airport, in Mount Holly, N.J.

    Late Monday, it was still at the bottom of the Hudson River, 50 feet deep where it crashed.

    The plane is owned by Trinity Aviation Inc., authorities said. Officials with the firm could not be reached for comment.

    Eberle, of Marlton, N.J., has 700 hours of flying time under his belt. Sorey, of Burlington, N.J., has 150 hours.

    Devine, who was with Mortimer, was part of the NYPD contingent that helped in the search last week for a Jersey City police officer who drowned in the Hackensack River.

    “This obviously has a better ending,” Devine said

    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    17 years ago

    added some pics of the boats searching the waters, will add more as they come in

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deryid

    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    17 years ago

    Police identify the two people who were plucked from the Hudson River near New York City today as a student pilot and his instructor.

    They were in the 50-degree water for about 15 to 20 minutes.

    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    17 years ago

    The two were pulled from the water by New York City police and Coast Guard divers who jumped into the river from hovering rescue helicopters. The copters then lifted the victims by basket and flew them to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where their condition was not immediately known.

    According to Max Coyle, a Yonkers battalion fire chief, the two were conscious but suffering from hypothermia, or lowered body temperature.

    When rescuers arrived, he said, one was clinging to the wreckage and the other swimming with the aid of a seat cushion.

    Jim Peters, spokesman for the FAA, said “the pilot radioed ‘mayday,’ which was picked up by controllers in Westbury, Long Island. The pilot said he was going to go into the water, but he didn’t give a location,” Peters said.

    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    17 years ago

    yonkers pd now says that the plane has sunk, its no longer on the surface

    that means no pics, oh well will have some pics from the rescue it was live on fox news

    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    17 years ago

    the plane is piper archer single engine

    note:shloma send this message to the big group

    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    17 years ago

    one out of the water in route to jacobi, still looking for more

    oh wait cost guard now has a second victim out of the water

    ליפא שנילצער
    ליפא שנילצער
    17 years ago

    aviation now deploying divers

    SINGLE ENGINE RED AND WHITE CHEROKEE DOWN IN THE WATER WITH 2 PEOPLE HANGING ONTO THE WRECKAGE.