A tour helicopter and small single engine plane have collided in NYC on the West Side of Manhattan killing all aboard. The accident happened just after noon between Manhattan and Hoboken, N.J., and left debris scattered in the water and on the New Jersey shoreline.
The plane was a a Piper PA-32 that had just taken off from Teterboro, NJ heading for Ocean City, N.J. The helicopter was a Eurocopter AS 350 owned by Liberty Tours, a sightseeing and charter company.
Two bodies were recovered from the river within the first three hours after the crash, which witnesses said happened around noon. Seven others were still believed underwater.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters at a mid-afternoon news conference that the effort to search the river had changed from a rescue mission to a recovery effort, meaning authorities were not expecting to find any survivors.
Two passengers, including a child, and a pilot were believed to have been aboard the single-engine Piper PA-32 when it collided with the copter around noon between New York and Hoboken, New Jersey, Bloomberg said.
Five Italian tourists and a pilot were believed to be aboard the helicopter, an American Eurocopter AS350 operated by Liberty Helicopter Sightseeing Tours, Bloomberg said. iReport.com: See witness photos
UPDATE II: According to reports this morning on Fox News, a fourth body has been recovered from the Hudson River