Plane Crashes into a New York City Apartment
On Wednesday, October 11, 2006, a small single engine plane carrying two
passengers crashed into a New York City apartment building and left two
men dead. The two men were Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle and his flight
instructor. It was first believed that four people died in the crash.
The crash was believed to be caused by fuel trouble. The radar lost
sight of the plane once it started going down. Though there was much
trouble, only one distress call was sent out, and that was seconds
before the crash. The plane crashed into New York City apartment
buildings. Although no residents were injured, sixteen firemen were
The crash was first believed to be an act of terrorism. Once it was
thought that it could be terrorism, the U.S. sent fighter planes to
protect many unnamed cities.
It is unclear who was piloting the plane when it went down. The plane
was registered under Corey Lidle’s name. Corey’s flying license was
found on a street near the crash site. Corey had 78 hours of experience
flying under his belt. He received his flying license last year during
the off season. Corey spent most of his free time learning how to flying
and flying. He was the second Yankee player to die in a plane crash
where the plane belonged to them. The other player was Thurman Munson,
who was a nine year Yankee veteran and was voted MVP (most valuable
player) in 1976. His plane crashed August 2, 1979.
Corey Lidle’s record this season was 12-10 (twelve wins-ten losses) and
his ERA (earned run average) was 4.85. In his last game, he pitched 1
1/3 innings (four outs) and gave up three runs in the Yankees' season
ending loss to Detroit. Corey was a Yankee reliever before he died.
Corey died doing something he loved, and I’m sure many people would want
to die doing their favorite thing.