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Authorities pull crashed plane, body from icy Hudson

ULSTER, NY (CNN) - The body of a Germantown, NY, doctor was pulled from the Hudson River Sunday after his Cold War-era plane crashed on Saturday afternoon.

A large helicopter flew over the spot of the wreckage Sunday and lowered a line down to the 1969 Bac 167 Strikemaster plane, which had wrecked in the Hudson River the day before.

Before the chopper went to work, state police divers pull the body of its pilot, Dr. Michael Faraldi, from the cockpit.

"It was sort of a numbing feeling when we heard yesterday," said Andre Spirig, a friend of the victim. "In fact, the first text message I got I thought it was just sort of a bad rumor."

Sunday, friends watched as the helicopter pulled parts of the jet from the river. The plane is stuck in a mixture of mud, ice and 10 feet of water. An FAA spokesperson says a crane is being brought in Monday to help finish the job.

"The plane was a recent acquisition for him, and he was bringing it back to Columbia County, as we understand it," police said.

Police say Faraldi crashed Saturday after doing a flyover for friends near the Kingston Airport.

Eyewitnesses and police say after the flyover he gained altitude before nose diving into the river, just north of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

Friends say Faraldi was a great doctor, adored his family and loved to fly.

"It just hits really low when this happens, just a sickening feeling in a way ... it's hard," Spirig said.

No cause for the crash has been determined.

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