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Last Updated: Sunday August 09 2009 10:30 GMT

Two planes crash into NY river

Police at the scene of the crash

Nine people are thought to have died after a helicopter and small plane crashed into each other near New York in America.

The aircraft collided mid-air and landed in the Hudson river, which runs between New York and New Jersey.

New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg said six people - one pilot and five Italian tourists - were in the helicopter.

There were three people including a child on board the plane. It's not thought anyone survived the crash.

Three bodies have been recovered from the scene of the accident. Police divers will continue their search of the area on Sunday morning.

An investigation into what caused the crash has also begun.

Eyewitness

One person who saw the accident happen said it looked like one of the wings of the plane had been severed, according to Mayor Bloomberg.

Another witness described seeing pieces of debris - including the plane's wing - falling into the water.

The helicopter was operated by Liberty Helicopters, a tour company that flies tourists around famous New York landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty.

The small plane was travelling from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and was heading to Ocean City in the same state.