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PITT23
10-11-2006, 04:35 PM
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A small airplane crashed into a 50-story residential building on Manhattan's East Side on Wednesday, killing at least one person, the New York City Fire Department said.

Flames were shooting out from several windows midway up the luxury highrise in a residential neighborhood.

The Federal Aviation Administration described the plane as a "general aviation" fixed-wing aircraft flying under visual flight rules, meaning a pilot was flying by visual landmarks.

The plane hit the Belaire Condominiums, built in 1989 at 524 E. 72nd Street near the East River. More than 150 firefighters are on scene of a four-alarm fire in the building.

There was no word on casualties. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) said it had put fighter aircraft into the air over numerous U.S. cities, though they said they had no reason to believe the event in New York was anything more than an accident, sources told CNN's Barbara Starr. It did the same thing after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"I have no idea where this thing (the plane) came from," said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs New York area airports.

"We haven't heard from any of our facilities that anything's missing." New York City government source told CNN there are "no indications of terrorism."

The FAA placed a one-mile flight restriction around the site of the crash, but New York area airports were not affected.

It's unclear if the crash was a result of terrorism. A senior U.S. official in Washington said the administration was waiting for more information.

"The fire was raging out of two windows," witness Sarah Steiner told CNN. "It looks like the plane just flew into someone's living room."

Steiner said fires were burning on the ground. "It looks like the plane just flew into someone's living room there." (Watch the orange flames ravage the apartment -- 1:50)

"It looks as if the aircraft didn't go into the building but fell down," she said. "It may be part of the debris burning on the ground."

Video from the scene shows at least three apartments in the high-rise fully engulfed in flames.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/11/plane.crash/index.html

Very scary, hopefully just an accident. This is pretty much breaking news so we should learn more in the next few hours and days.

SteelerFan87
10-11-2006, 04:53 PM
ESPN is reporting that the pilot of the plane was Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, and that he and at least 1 other person are dead. Terrible, terrible news.

Koopa
10-11-2006, 04:56 PM
Yankees' Lidle Dies In Plane Crash
New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was the pilot of a small airplane that crashed into a 50-story condominium in Manhattan, and Lidle is one of two confirmed dead, New York police said.

no link, it just says on the front page of espn.com

Blitzburgh55
10-11-2006, 04:57 PM
i just heard there are now 4 people dead

PITT23
10-11-2006, 05:03 PM
Yeah CNN and MSNBC are confirming that Lidle was the pilot, which really just came up in the last 15 minutes or so. Very sad to hear.

BlitzburghRockCity
10-11-2006, 05:03 PM
I was listening to the sportsbash with Eric Kusilias and he only mentioned that Cory had passed away and that he was on his way home to see his family since the season is over.

SteelerFan87
10-11-2006, 05:04 PM
Yeah, ESPN just confirmed 4 people are dead.

:nonod:

Steelerlyn
10-11-2006, 05:17 PM
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A small airplane crashed into a 50-story residential building on Manhattan's East Side on Wednesday, killing at least two people, the New York City Fire Department and New York City Police Department said.

Flames were shooting out from several windows midway up the luxury high-rise in a residential neighborhood. Paramedics and rescue workers are treating people on the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration described the plane as a "general aviation" fixed-wing aircraft flying under visual flight rules, meaning a pilot was flying by visual landmarks. (Watch the orange flames ravage the apartment -- 1:50)

First responders to the New York plane crash say an emergency call was made from the plane indicating a possible fuel problem.

New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre told CNN that the plane that was a Cirrus SR-20 registered to team pitcher Cory Lidle.

The plane hit the Belaire Condominiums at 524 E. 72nd Street near the East River. More than 150 firefighters are on scene of a four-alarm fire in the building.

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) said it had put fighter aircraft into the air over numerous U.S. cities, though they said they had no reason to believe the event in New York was anything more than an accident, sources told CNN's Barbara Starr. NORAD did the same thing after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

NORAD fighters scrambled in response, according to NORAD Admiral Timothy Keating, though the White House has told CNN that they have no indication that the crash is related to terrorism. Keating would not say how many NORAD jets are up but that they are airborne as a precaution. If the crash was indeed terrorism and there was a continuing threat then NORAD is charged with shooting down any aircrafts.

"We've been in contact with our intelligence partners, coalition partners around the world," Keating told CNN. "And there are no, repeat, no indication that there is anything underfoot beyond this one airplane or helicopter."

Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs New York area airports said he had "no idea where [the plane] came from."

"We haven't heard from any of our facilities that anything's missing," said Coleman.

New York City government source told CNN there are "no indications of terrorism."

The FAA placed a one-mile flight restriction around the site of the crash, but New York area airports were not affected.

A senior U.S. official in Washington said the administration was waiting for more information.

Witness Henry Neimark, who is also a pilot, said he saw a plane flying at relatively low altitude which seemed to come from LaGuardia International Airport.

"It looked to me in retrospect that this was a pilot desperately trying to get back to the airport and land safely on a runway," he said.

"The fire was raging out of two windows," witness Sarah Steiner told CNN. "It looks like the plane just flew into someone's living room."

Steiner said fires were burning on the ground. "It looks like the plane just flew into someone's living room there."

"It looks as if the aircraft didn't go into the building but fell down," she said. "It may be part of the debris burning on the ground."

Video from the scene shows at least three apartments in the high-rise engulfed in flames.

SteelerFan87
10-11-2006, 05:35 PM
They just said on sportscenter that the reports are now that only 2 people are dead (Lidle and another person in the plane), and a number of people are injured.

SteelersfaninPhilly
10-11-2006, 07:23 PM
This sucks. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Lidle family.

PITT23
10-11-2006, 07:25 PM
This really puts all of sports in to perspective. There's all this talk about Joe Torre getting fired and whatnot and that all about fun and games but these athletes are humans and a human life was lost.

RIP Cory Lidle

SteelersfaninPhilly
10-11-2006, 08:36 PM
Learned of his son's death via tv.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2622099

House of Steel
10-11-2006, 09:03 PM
My hearts, prayers ,and condolences are with the Lidle family and the New York Yankees Organization. Very sad day for the City of New York.

BlitzburghRockCity
10-11-2006, 09:35 PM
All of the sports world mourns his death and those others that perished today too. I take little solace in this but fortunately there weren't more people in that building at the time.

Prosdo
10-12-2006, 03:01 AM
RIP Lidle

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

AZ_Steeler
10-12-2006, 11:24 AM
This is a very sad story especially considering he got his break as a replacement player during the strike season. Awesome story, just to bad it ended so soon... :pray: