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Plane Ditches in Harbor Near Statue of Liberty; Both Aboard Rescued

November 2, 1985

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) _ A single-engine plane ditched in New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty on Friday night, and its two occupants were rescued unharmed, the Coast Guard said.

The plane ditched about 7:55 p.m. just east of Liberty Island in the harbor, said Coast Guard Petty Officer William McGeever.

The two unidentified men were pulled from the water by the Coast Guard and taken to Liberty State Park, said McGeever.

The two men were examined at Jersey City Medical Center and released, said hospital spokeswoman Becky Rabinowitz.

The pilot had radioed nearby Newark International Airport to report he was in trouble and was planning to ditch the plane, McGeever said. A Coast Guard patrol boat were dispatched immediately, he said.

The plane sank a few minutes after the rescue, McGeever said.

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