Emergency workers are seen looking for debris in the Hudson River Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, after a small plane collided with a tour helicopter carrying about a half-dozen people sending debris into the river and onto the New Jersey waterfront. (AP Photo/Robert Mecea)
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - A chief investigator says divers hope to pull a plane out of the Hudson River today. But their first priority is to recover the two remaining victims of the midair crash that killed nine people.
An Army Corps of Engineers crane lifted the twisted wreckage of a helicopter from 30 feet of water on Sunday. It's believed the plane is nearby, about 50 feet deep.
NTSB chief Debbie Hersman told CNN on Monday: "We think we've had some positive hits on the skin of the airplane."
Hersman said on NBC's "Today" show that investigators will eventually examine the aircrafts' structural integrity. They'll also try to determine how the initial impact occurred on Saturday.
The private plane carried a family from Pennsylvania. The helicopter held five Italian tourists.