Details of Hudson River Plane Crash Emerge

This morning, new details about the heroic river rescue by Yonkers' Finest are coming to light.

The two people on board the plane that crashed into the Hudson Sunday night are only being identified as a 39-year-old female and 43-year old male from New Jersey, according to Yonkers Police.

And though authorities are being tight-lipped about the identity of the two New Jersey residents, they are now telling the story of last night's rescue.

Yonkers Police say they got a call that a low flying plane went into the Hudson River around 5:23 p.m. last night. Officers rushed to the shore of the Hudson River and found out that the plane went down next to Yonkers' Glenwood Train Station. The police officers could see that there were two people in the water, but they couldn't get to them. They could also see that their plane was almost completely submerged.

At the same time, three off-duty Yonkers Police Officers and a retired Yonkers Police Detective got word of the plane crash. They rushed over to Alexander Street, which is a mile south of where the plane crashed. The four men got into a boat, belonging to the Hudson River Pilot House, along with Officers Christopher Balezentis and Michael Atkins. The six men then sped off to look for the people in the water.

About 23 minutes after the plane went down, the six men on the boat were able to fish the two New Jersey residents out of the frigid Hudson River waters. They sped back to the shore, where an ambulance was able to take the plane crash survivors to Jacobi Medical Center to be treated for hypothermia. The condition of the two is not known at this time, but police say they are expected to survive.

Shortly after the two were rescued, their aircraft sank into the Hudson River. 

The FAA says that the two took off from Trenton-Robbinsville Airport, which is located in Robbinsville, NJ. The plane that they were flying in was a Piper PA-32, which is a light aircraft that can seat up to six people. They were manufactured from 1965 up until 2007.

Lanning Taliaferro February 01, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I think plane-crash victims must always be taken to a trauma center of a certain level. Can anyone with expert knowledge confirm or set the record straight?
stephany February 01, 2013 at 04:18 PM
they already promoted the guy that was in the boat to detective. how did this improve his detecting skills. only in the public sector would this type of promotion be so rampant.By type I mean having nothing to do with the position one was promoted to. sort of a reward at taxpayers expense.
Chris McHugh February 01, 2013 at 04:31 PM
@Rich S. I have put in a call to Empress Ambulance regarding your question. I will post their response.
Sal Lagonia February 01, 2013 at 05:10 PM
There is no requirement that air accident victims go to the hospital. It is done on a case by case basis. Here, hypothermia warranted a trip to the hospital for observation since certain body parts begin to shut down under those conditions. Fine work by a well trained pilot.
Chris McHugh February 01, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Empress Ambulance says: They went to Jacobi because they were hypothermic and because they may have had injuries that they may have not felt, which would be better treated at a level-one trauma center. Their choices were Westchester Medical Center or Jacobi. Jacobi was closer.


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