Small plane down in Hudson River; two rescued by divers, helicopter crews |

Small plane down in Hudson River; two rescued by divers, helicopter crews

YONKERS, N.Y. – A student pilot and his instructor were rescued from the Hudson River on Monday after their single-engine plane crashed off the Yonkers city pier, police said.They were pulled from the water by New York City police and Coast Guard divers, who jumped from rescue helicopters. The copters lifted the victims by basket and flew them to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.When rescuers arrived, Yonkers police said, one was clinging to the wreckage and the other was swimming with the aid of a seat cushion. They were in the water for 15 to 20 minutes.Both men had hypothermia but were stable at the hospital, New York Police Department spokesman Detective John Sweeney said.The student was flying the Piper Warrior south along the river when the engine quit, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters.The plane took off from South Jersey Regional airport near Trenton, N.J. The FAA Web site lists the plane as owned by Trinity Aviation Inc. of Burlington, N.J.The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating and must decide whether to raise the plane from 45 feet of water, Yonkers police said.Instructor John Eberle, 43, of Marlton, N.J., and student Mark Sorey, 44, of Burlington, N.J., were the only ones aboard when the plane went down shortly before noon.Yonkers is north of New York City’s Bronx borough.Vail, Colorado

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