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U.S. ARMY CORPS DREDGE HAYWARD DEPLOYED IN AFTERMATH OF HUDSON RIVER PLANE CRASH

June 6th 2016

The crew of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) dredge HAYWARD joined the emergency response Friday after a vintage World War II plane crashed into the Hudson River during a promotional photo shoot.

The pilot’s body was recovered shortly after the plane crashed into the water off West 79th Street in Manhattan.

HAYWARD is a drift-collection vessel operated by USACE New York District. It is equipped with a heavy-duty crane.

Licensed deck officers aboard the vessel, who are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees’ Membership Group, worked with the rest of the crew and Police Department divers to retrieve the wreckage.

The plane, a P-47 Thunderbolt, belonged to the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, N.Y. It was with two other planes–a P-40 from World War II and a contemporary aircraft–in an area off West 79th Street in Manhattan when it crashed Friday around 7:30 p.m.

The plane was being photographed as part of a promotion for an air show at Jones Beach on Long Island taking place over the Memorial Day weekend.

HAYWARD, one of New York District’s three drift-collection vessels, was one of several USACE ships that helped ferry evacuees from lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.