Small plane crashes in NYC

Two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a New York City high-rise Wednesday afternoon.

BY HEATHER MOYER | NEW YORK CITY | October 12, 2006


Two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a New York City high-rise Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and a flight instructor died when the small plane they were in crashed into the side of a residential high-rise on the city's Upper East Side.

Investigators are still examining the crash site and flight details to determine why the plane crashed. Most of the plane fell to the ground after igniting several apartments in the building. No other injuries were reported.

The building is at E. 72nd Street and York Avenue, the Belaire Condominiums building.

The plane took off earlier in the day from a suburban New Jersey airport and flew down the Hudson River before circling the Statue of Liberty and then coming up the East River.

For some time Wednesday authorities were unsure whether the crash may have been related to terrorism. As a precaution the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) even scrambled jets to fly over several cities in the U.S.


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