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Byline: PAUL BYRNE Paul Byrne, born in Dublin on 19 May 1986, is a footballer, currently playing with Eircom League side UCD.

University College Dublin A.F.C.  (current squad)
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By PAUL BYRNE A HELICOPTER and a small plane collided in a horrific mid-air crash over New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
, killing nine people including four teenage boys.

The impact tore off the chopper's rotor blades and sheared a wing from the Piper PA-32.

Both aircraft then plunged into the Hudson River Hudson River

River, New York, U.S. Originating in the Adirondack Mountains and flowing for about 315 mi (507 km) to New York City, it was named for Henry Hudson, who explored it in 1609. Dutch settlement of the Hudson valley began in 1629.
 below, watched by hundreds of helpless onlookers.

Debris littered the water as rescue craft and divers plucked three bodies from the depths hours after Saturday's collision.

Four more corpses was found yesterday. But the search for the remaining two victims went on as city mayor Michael Bloomberg said the crash was "unsurvivable".

An operator at Liberty Tours, which ran the sightseeing chopper, had tried to raise the alarm after seeing the plane approaching. The National Transportation Safety Board said: "He radioed, 'You have a fixed-wing behind you'. But there was no response from the pilot (33-year-old New York-based New Zealander Jeremy Clark)."

Then the plane's right wing struck the helicopter which was carrying five Italian tourists from Bologna, including two lads of 15 and one aged 16. Both aircraft plunged into the river close to where a US Airways jet carrying 155 passengers crash-landed safely seven months ago.

Aboard the Piper were the pilot, 60, his brother, 49, and his son, aged 16, all from Pennsylvania.

Two years ago, a Liberty helicopter fell 500ft during a similar sightseeing trip in the alwaysbusy aviation corridor featuring stunning views of the Statue of Liberty Statue of Liberty

great symbolic structure in New York harbor. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 284]

See : America

Statue of Liberty

perhaps the most famous monument to independence. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 284]

See : Freedom
, Ellis Island and Manhattan.


PLUNGE The two aircraft dropping into the Hudson IMPACT The wing of the plane breaks off amid the smoke
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2009
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