HOBOKEN, N.J. - A small plane collided with a New York City sightseeing helicopter carrying Italian tourists over the Hudson on Saturday around noon. The accident scattered debris in the water and forced people on the New Jersey waterfront to scamper for cover.

The National Transportation Safety Board says three of nine presumed victims have been recovered.

NTSB chair Deborah Hersman says it's unclear whether the bodies came from the helicopter or the plane. She says diving recovery operations have been called off until Sunday morning.

Authorities believe all nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed.

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