- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2009

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NEW YORK (AP) — HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) —New York City police say they’ve found a man’s body in the wreckage of a plane in the Hudson River.

Police say divers can’t dislodge the body from the wreckage, which is buried in about 60 feet of water in the river between New York and New Jersey.

The Army Corps of Engineers is being consulted about trying to pull the aircraft to the surface.

Nine people, including a Pennsylvania family and five Italian tourists, were killed in Saturday’s collision of the plane and a sightseeing helicpoter. Seven bodies have been recovered.

Police say the plane was found on its side with no wings visible.

Of the six bodies in the helicopter, divers recovered two on Saturday morning and two more that afternoon. Two were trapped in the wreckage and could be extricated only once it was hoisted on a pier in Hoboken, Browne said.

The seventh body — the teen plane passenger — was found floating Saturday near Pier 40 in Manhattan.

The helicopter carried a pilot and five Italian tourists, who have been identified through their fingerprints, said Italian Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta.

Castellaneta said he had met with the medical examiner in New York as well as relatives of the victims.

“Today the relatives were asking me, ‘How it can be that a holiday in New York can become such a tragedy?’” Castellaneta said in Italian.

He added that he promised to find out and that “we intend to keep that promise.”

Castellaneta said he would meet with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and was in contact with officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Associated Press writer Maria Sanminiatelli in New York contributed to this report.

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