Grumman G44 Crashes into Hudson River

Authorities search for wreckage.

Divers resumed their search for a Grumman G44 amphibian that crashed into the Hudson River Thursday evening after finding no survivors at the scene the night of the accident.

The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. in Germantown, New York. Witnesses reported seeing an explosion shortly after the twin-engine amphibian plunged into the Hudson, with several saying that the Grumman’s wing hit the water directly before full impact. The airplane sank within a matter of minutes into the 25-foot-deep water.

The pilot has not yet been identified, but is believed to be a local resident who took off from Columbia County Airport. Authorities searched the area for survivors and wreckage Thursday directly after the crash, but divers were unable to enter the water due to the hazardous presence of fuel.

The NTSB is investigating the accident.