Helicopter and small plane collide over Hudson River

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A helicopter and a small airplane collided over the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey, sending both aircraft into the water Saturday afternoon.

There was no immediate information on casualties. At least one person was pulled from the wreckage by the New York City Fire Department according to MyFoxNY.com.

“Both planes came apart, said MyFoxNY.com producer Kathy Carvajal, who witnessed the crash from her apartment window. “I saw one spiral into the water. From my vantage point, I couldn’t see where the other planed landed.”

The helicopter was operated by Liberty Helicopters, a sightseeing operator. According to reports, six people were on the aircraft.

The plane, a Cessna, took off from Teeterboro airport and reported engine failure before hitting the helicopter.

UPDATE: Nine people, including five Italian tourists were killed in the collision, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Two bodies had been recovered but there was no hope of finding survivors.