P-47 Crashes Into Hudson River in New York Killing Pilot

  • May 27, 2016 6:32pm GMT

A vintage P-47 Thunderbolt crashed into the Hudson River Friday evening when it reportedly suffered engine failure and attempted to make an emergency landing.

Rescue crews recovered the pilot from the plane's cockpit in 25 feet of water. The pilot has not been publicly identified.

The warbird was kept at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York.

Museum officials say the plane was flying a photo flight with several other planes including a P-40 Warhawk.

“Apparently the aircraft suffered an in-flight engine failure and the pilot put it into the Hudson,” Museum spokesman Gary Lewi said.

The plane named “Jacky’s Revenge” was the museum's only P-47 and was scheduled to perform at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach on Saturday and Sunday Lewi told Newsday.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the accident with the Army Corps of Engineers enroute to remove the aircraft.

John Michael Arcella was riding his bike along the river when he caught the Thunderbolt attempting to land.