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"Manhattan Plane Crash Kills Yankees Pitcher"

October 13, 2006

A plane carrying Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, and his flight instructor, crashed into the side of a Manhattan luxury apartment building, killing them both, and nearly killing apartment residents.

Lidle and his flight instructor had boarded the plane for a relaxing flight around Manhattan, but as they passed over the 59th street bridge, something went wrong. The plane crashed into the high-rise building. Lidle’s passport was among the wreckage.

More than 21 people were injured; more than half of them were firefighters.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived Wednesday to search through the debris, which was scattered in apartments and on the floor below. The propeller broke off from the engine and landed on an apartment floor. The two bodies fell 31 stories to the street.

Debbie Hersman, member of the National Transportation Safety board, said, “There’s a significant amount of damage.” She said they were looking at maintenance records, fuel samples, the flight log, and “anything else that will give us a clue about what happened.”

Lidle had publicly talked about his love of flying, and said it was safe when others brought up a 1979 plane accident that killed Yankees catcher Thurmon Munson, who was in the driver’s seat.

FAA records show the plane, a Cirrus SR20 manufactured in 2002, was registered to Lidle. The small plane was a four-seater equipped with a parachute system meant to let the plane descend safely to the ground in the event of an emergency. The chute in Lidle’s plane was not deployed.

Officials have not yet determined the cause of the accident, but some suspect mechanical failure was a factor. Most have ruled out suicide and terrorism.

According to NTSB records, there have been 12 accidents involving this plane model. In two of the accidents earlier this year, the pilots reported engine failure.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed by an aviation accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your losses. Please contact us for a FREE consultation with an experienced aviation attorney who can answer your questions, and get you the compensation you may be entitled to.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a plane crash, please contact us to discuss your legal rights with a caring and experienced aviation law attorney.

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