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Last of nine bodies pulled from Hudson River

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
/ Source: KSBY-TV

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Reported by: NBC News

New York Police say the last two of nine bodies have been pulled from wreckage of a collision between a small plane and a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River.

The bodies are believed to be those of the plane pilot and a passenger.

The bodies were found as recovery workers salvaged their first piece of the plane. Police divers located the plane in about 60 feet of murky water on its side.

On Tuesday they removed a section from the engine to the fuselage. They also pulled the last two remaining bodies from the wreckage.

Crews Sunday lifted the mangled helicopter from the river. It was operated by Liberty Tours. Five Italian tourists and the pilot were onboard when it collided with a small private plane carrying three people.

The crash has renewed debate about rules of flying over the busy airspace.

"A fluke accident is an accident that can not be prevented. This accident could have easily been prevented by the FAA," said pilot and aviation attorney Justin Green.

"If you have a lot of training and you can handle it, there's no reason to think that you are not safe," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.