The pilot of a small World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane has died after crashing into the Hudson River earlier this evening, multiple law enforcement sources confirmed with Hudson County View.
The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. between North Bergen and Manhattan (though closer to New Jersey), with the circumstances surrounding the incident not immediately available.
While the Twitter page of the New Jersey State Police initially stated that the pilot had been rescued and transported to the hospital, but NYPD officials at a news conference held this evening just a few hundred feet east of the Waterside Restaurant said that the pilot is “unaccounted for.”
According to sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity since they are not authorized to speak on the matter, officials have begun to be notified that the pilot of the aircraft has been confirmed dead.
North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, the Coast Guard and divers from the New York State Police were a few of the agencies who were searching for the plane and any passengers in the Hudson River.
The West New York, North Bergen, Hoboken and Port Authority Police Departments all had officers canvassing the North Bergen waterfront at some point this evening, largely as a precautionary matter to control the crowd of people looking on.