UPDATE: Search Resumes For Wreckage, Bodies In Mid-Air Collision

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Investigators are resuming the search for wreckage of two aircraft that collided above the Hudson River and for the bodies of six victims still missing.

Nine people are presumed to have died when a private plane carrying three people and a sightseeing helicopter carrying five Italian tourists crashed into each other Saturday.

New York City police boats pulled up Sunday morning to buoys that surround the wreckage of the helicopter about 100 yards from the shore of Hoboken, N.J. Divers have been having trouble with low visibility.

Yellow police tape marked off a park where hundreds had watched the crash from the waterfront from the shore.

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The National Transportation Safety Board says three of nine presumed victims of a helicopter-plane collision over the Hudson River have been recovered.

NTSB chair Deborah Hersman says it's unclear whether the bodies came from the helicopter or the plane. She says diving recovery operations have been called off until Sunday morning.

A small plane collided with a New York City sightseeing helicopter carrying Italian tourists over the Hudson on Saturday around noon. The accident scattered debris in the water and forced people on the New Jersey waterfront to scamper for cover.

Authorities believe all nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed.

Investigators have talked to a pilot who witnessed the crash. The pilot saw a single-engine aircraft approaching the helicopter and radioed the helicopter a warning but got no response.

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Authorities say a small plane has collided with a tour helicopter over the Hudson River.

Witnesses say the accident happened just after noon between Manhattan and Hoboken, N.J. Both aircraft crashed into the water.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the plane took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, and that the helicopter was owned by Liberty Tours, a sightseeing and charter company.

Officials don't know how many people were aboard the plane, but say there may have been five passengers and one crew member aboard the helicopter.

The Coast Guard says one person has been rescued. Emergency crews are on both sides of the river and police divers are going into the water.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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