P-47 Thunderbolt Crashes in the Hudson River

Posted on May 28th, 2016 by:

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P-47 Thunderbolt Crashes in the Hudson River

A WWII P-47 Thunderbolt crashed in New York’s Hudson River on Friday killing the pilot, 56-year-old William Gordon, of Key West, FL.



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Photo: Julio Cortez AP

The plane was scheduled to take part in a promotional flight for the American Airpower Museum, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this weekend.

William Gordon was a highly skilled pilot with more than 25 years of experience. He was an “aerobatic competency evaluator” who certified air show and stunt pilots for low-level aerobatics. The flight operations pilot for the American Airpower Museum, Scott Clyman, remembered William Gordon as “an extraordinary pilot who understood the powerful message our aircraft represent in telling the story of American courage and valor.”

“The FAA will determine the reason for the inflight failure but we know this much. Bill was a nationally respected pilot and we were lucky to call him one of our own,” said Clyman.



p-47 thunderbolt

Photo: Julio Cortez AP

A Hunter College student, Siqi Li, who witnessed the P-47 Thunderbolt crash into the river, reported smoke spewing from the plane before the accident.

“It made kind of a U-turn, and then there was a stream of smoke coming from it,” Li said to the Daily News. “It was tilting down toward the water. I thought they were doing some sort of trick. I didn’t realize it at first, but it was a plane crash.”

William Gordon’s body and the P-47 have been recovered from the river. Authorities from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.



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