Vintage World War II-era airplane goes down in Hudson River
A P-47 Thunderbolt (L) hangs from the ceiling at The American Air Museum which will reopen to the public this weekend after a major 3 million pound (US$4.23 million approx) redevelopment in Duxford, eastern England on March 16, 2016. (Reuters/Eddie Keogh)

A World War Two-era plane went down in the Hudson River off New York City on Friday and authorities found at least one survivor in the water, police said.

New York Police spokesman J. Peter Donald said on Twitter that the aircraft went down near the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and that the department's harbor units were on scene. The museum is a few miles (km) south of the George Washington Bridge.

The New Jersey State Police said one survivor had been found and divers were searching the waters for any possible others.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a vintage P-47 Thunderbolt and was one of three aircraft that took off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. The other two aircraft safely returned to the airport.

Further details were not immediately available.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Sandra Maler)