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Victims of aircraft collision identified

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - Investigators are resuming the search for wreckage of two aircraft that collided above the Hudson River and for the bodies of six victims still missing.

Nine people are presumed to have died when a private plane carrying three people and a sightseeing helicopter carrying five Italian tourists crashed into each other Saturday.

Two law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press the plane's pilot is 60-year-old Steven Altman, of Ambler, Pa.

Also in the plane were 49-year-old Daniel Altman, of Dresher, Pa.; and his 16-year-old son, Douglas.

The five tourists were from the Bologna, Italy, area.

The officials say they are 51-year-old Michele Norelli, 16-year-old Filippo Norelli, 49-year-old Fabio Galazzi, 15-year-old Giacomo Gallazi and 44-year-old Tiziana Pedroni.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because all the bodies have not yet been recovered or identified.

The helicopter pilot killed in the crash was Jeremy Clark, of Lanoka Harbor, N.J.

New York City police boats pulled up Sunday morning two buoys that surround the wreckage of the helicopter about 100 yards from the shore of Hoboken, N.J.

Divers have been having trouble with low visibility.

Yellow police tape marked off a park where hundreds had watched the crash from the waterfront from the shore.

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