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Vintage Plane Crash on the Hudson Kills Pilot

Submitted by on May 28, 2016 – 10:47 amNo Comment

A World War II-era fighter planer crashed on the Hudson River yesterday, killing the pilot. William Gordon, 56, of Key West, Florida, was flying the P-47 Thunderbird ahead of an event this weekend to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Long Island-based aircraft manufacturer.

The P-47 and another vintage aircraft were having promotional photos taken when Gordon’s engine failed. Witnesses in Manhattan and New Jersey say they saw the pilot attempt to escape, but then get pulled under the water.

The crash took place near where the “Miracle on the Hudson” occurred, when Capt. Chelsey B. “Sully” Sullenberger successfully ditched a commercial airliner after both engines failed. All 155 passengers and crew survived.

The P-47 was first used in 1942, and was one of the most important planes in the war. This particular aircraft was housed at the Museum of American Airpower in Farmingdale.

The museum has announced that aircraft will fly in a missing man formation this weekend, in honor of Gordon.

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