Vintage plane crashes in US river

  • 28/05/2016
An FDNY fire department boat searches the Hudson River for the wreckage of a vintage P-47 Thunderbolt airplane that crashed in the river in New York City (Reuters)
An FDNY fire department boat searches the Hudson River for the wreckage of a vintage P-47 Thunderbolt airplane that crashed in the river in New York City (Reuters)

A World War II-era plane has crashed in New York City's Hudson River off Manhattan and a body has been recovered from inside the aircraft, authorities say.

The aircraft went down off Manhattan's West 79th Street at 7:30pm local time, New Jersey State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn said on Friday.

The New York Police Department said it recovered a body from inside the plane and believe it was the pilot, but could not confirm it was the pilot.

Flynn initially said the plane's sole occupant, a male pilot, was rescued from the river and transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

The agency later said on its Twitter account that there were conflicting reports from the scene and they could no longer confirm the swimmer in the water was the plane's pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a vintage P-47 Thunderbolt and was one of three aircraft that took off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York.

AAP