Divers Find Pilot's Body After Hudson River Crash

Friday, May 3, 2013  |  Updated 6:23 PM EDT
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Divers Find Pilot's Body After Hudson River Crash

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New York State Police and an Ulster County Sheriff boats search the Hudson River on Friday, May 3, 2013, for small plane that crashed on Thursday.

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State police say divers have found the body of a pilot in a debris field on the bottom of the Hudson River where his amphibian airplane crashed and sank.

They say 72-year-old Michael Braunstein's body was recovered at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, 24 hours after the plane went down near the river's east bank in Germantown.

Troopers say wreckage indicated the plane was a twin-engine Grumman G44A Widgeon, a World War II-era reconnaissance aircraft designed to land on water.

Braunstein, who owned the plane and was flying alone, didn't return after taking off from a private airfield in his nearby hometown of Copake about a half-hour before the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the accident.

Germantown is in Columbia County, 40 miles south of Albany.

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