Plane crash in Hudson River, search and rescue ongoing

A small plane crashed into New York’s Hudson River, with multiple witnesses saying that it was submerged under the water. New York emergency crews are at the scene. Coast Guard and NYPD harbor units are searching the river, according to WNBC.

Three people were aboard the plane, an FDNY source said, according to the New York Daily News.

Diners at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey, told WNBC they saw a small World War II-type plane appear to start landing, then go into the water nose first. The FAA confirmed it was a vintage WWII P-47 Thunderbolt, according to WNBC.

Two divers began search and rescue operations underwater.

Witnesses told NBC News they saw the pilot try to get out but he appeared to flounder in the water and then sank with the plane. Other witness described smoke as the plane hit the water. (RT)