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Pilot's body recovered in Hudson River

Emergency responders examined the scene of the wreckage of a vintage military jet that crashed into the Hudson River just north of the Kingston-Rhiecliff Bridge, N.Y. on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.
AP Photo/Poughkeepsie Journal, Darryl Bautista

KINGSTON, N.Y. - State police divers in New York have recovered a pilot's body from the cockpit of a vintage military jet that crashed into ice on the Hudson River near a Kingston airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker says the body of 38-year-old Michael Faraldi, a podiatrist from Germantown, was removed around 3 p.m. Sunday. She says the aircraft was being lifted onto a barge.

The accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge midway between Albany and New York City.

Police say Faraldi was piloting the plane from Nashville, Tenn., to an airport in Ghent, N.Y. The jet, a British-made BAC 167 Strikemaster, had made a fuel stop at an airfield Johnstown, Pa., and did a flyover for friends at Kingston just before it crashed.