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Search for sunken plane that crashed into Hudson River continues Friday

UPDATE  6:15 p.m.
GERMANTOWN - State Police have confirmed the identity of the pilot whose plane crashed into the Hudson River Thursday afternoon.

Police say the body is pilot and plane owner, Michael Braunstien of Copake, age 72.

Divers located his body in a debris field in about 20 feet of water in the Hudson River.

The body has been identified and has been removed the scene, and an autopsy to determine the cause of death is pending.

The investigation is continuing.

GERMANTOWN -- Sources close to the investigation tell CBS6 News that the pilot’s body was recovered by State Police divers Friday afternoon.

Divers were back in the Hudson River Friday morning looking for a small plane that crashed into the water late Thursday afternoon.

Crews from Columbia, Greene, and Ulster Counties along with State Police were all taking part in the emergency recovery effort.

Parts of the plane and debris have been recovered but not the plane itself, which sank.  Divers were not initially able to go into the Hudson River due to the airplane fuel in the water.

State Police have identified the plane, which took off from the Columbia County Airport, but have not yet identified the pilot.

One witness describes what he saw as surreal.

"It was circling around. At first I thought it was a pontoon plane and it was just going to land. But his wing just stayed down and he hit the water and just spun. There was a bit of fire and then that was it."
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