Feds: WWII plane had engine damage during fatal Hudson crash

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Posted: Jun 29, 2016 1:22 AM
Feds: WWII plane had engine damage during fatal Hudson crash

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal investigators say an engine cylinder was damaged on a vintage World War II plane that crashed last month into the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, killing its pilot.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/296vZe2 ) the National Transportation Safety Board says that finding is consistent with an "in-flight occurrence" that led the pilot to issue a distress call to air traffic controllers on May 27.

The P-47 Thunderbolt crashed during a promotion for the American Airpower Museum on Long Island, which was celebrating the 75th anniversary of the P-47.

Scuba divers recovered pilot William Gordon's body several hours after the crash.

The federal report issued earlier this month doesn't say what caused the engine cylinder damage, but says there also was oil on the engine's exterior.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com