All 9 Presumed Dead After Plane, Chopper Crash

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2009 2:25 PM CDT
Authorities move to the scene of an accident Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, in New York. The Coast Guard says a small plane has collided with a helicopter over the Hudson River.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – All nine people are presumed dead after a small plane and a helicopter collided over the Hudson River today, the Daily News reports. Five sightseers from Italy and a pilot were aboard the chopper, and three were on the single-engine plane, including a child. Two bodies have been recovered so far, says Mayor Bloomberg. "This is not going to have a happy ending."

Witnesses say the plane's wing struck the helicopter's rotor. “There was a white puff,” an eyewitness says. “It looked like the rotors just exploded, like something hit him.” Another describes “parts of the propeller in the air.” The Piper PA-32 plane took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, and the helicopter was owned by Liberty Tours.