Vintage Jet Crashes in Hudson River near Kingston

Saturday, 26 Feb 2011 05:36 PM

 

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KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — A vintage military jet, now privately owned and flown in air shows, crashed into the Hudson River on Saturday as it came in for a landing at an airport in Kingston, authorities said. The pilot was missing and feared dead.

The accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. on an ice-covered stretch of the Hudson near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, which spans the river midway between Albany and New York City.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said the aircraft was partially submerged after the crash and the pilot was unaccounted for. Police and other rescuers were on the scene. Only one person was known to be aboard the plane when it went down.

The jet, a British-made BAC 167 Strikemaster, was headed to Kingston-Ulster Airport from an airfield Johnstown, Pa., when it went down, Baker said. The aircraft made a low pass over the airstrip before hitting the river.

There was no immediate word on whether the pilot reported any problems prior to the crash.

The jet was a type of training and light attack aircraft first made in the late 1960s and used by various air defense forces in the Middle East, Africa, South America and elsewhere. In recent years, it was owned by Dragon Aviation, a company that flies fighter jets in air shows all over the country.

A snarling green dragon adorned the jet's nose.

"This has got to be a bad dream," said the company's president, Andy Anderson, as he traveled to the crash scene Saturday afternoon. He said the pilot, who he declined to immediately name, was "a good, good friend."

A person who answered the phone Saturday at Kingston-Ulster Airport said he couldn't answer any questions. The airstrip predominantly serves recreational aircraft and is home to a flying school. It sits just a few hundred yards from the river.

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