UPDATE – 4:45 p.m. US/Central
PILOT OF CRASHED PLANE MAY BE YANKEE’S PITCHER CORY LIDLE; FAA: PLANE REGISTERED TO LIDLE; PASSPORT REPORTEDLY FOUND IN STREET
“Yanks’ Lidle Believed Among 2 Dead in Plane Crash – FAA: Plane Registered to Pitcher, Passport Found in Street” – Ch. 2 WCBS-TV (CBS) – CBS Corporation – New York, New York, US – 11 October 2006 – 5:32 p.m. US/Eastern
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK A small plane with New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle aboard crashed into a 50-story condominium tower Wednesday on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, killing at least two people and raining flaming debris on sidewalks, authorities said. There was no immediate confirmation Lidle was among the dead.
A law enforcement official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Lidle was on the plane. And Federal Aviation Administration records showed the single-engine plane was registered to the athlete, who just days ago — after the Yankees’ humiliating elimination from the playoffs — told reporters that he was getting his pilot’s license.
The official said he did not know whether Lidle was at the controls; at least one other person was aboard the four-seat aircraft.