NEW YORK (AP) — The remains of five Italian tourists killed in the air collision over the Hudson River were taken to Kennedy Airport to be sent home Wednesday as divers recovered about 50 pieces of the helicopter in which they had plunged to their deaths.

Family members and friends — many wearing the casual clothing they brought for their New York vacation — held a private Roman Catholic prayer service for the victims at Campbell's Funeral Home in Manhattan.

A police escort led the five black hearses that had lined Madison Avenue to the airport. The remains were being flown to Milan on Wednesday on Alitalia Airlines.