NY Yankee Pitcher Killed in Plane Crash

10-11-06- New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and a second
person were killed when the small plane they were flying in slammed
into a 40-story apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The crash rained flaming debris onto the sidewalks and briefly raised fears of another terrorist attack.

A federal official says Lidle's passport was found on the
street. It's not yet clear who was at the controls of the plane, a
Cirrus SR-20.

FAA records show the plane was registered to Lidle, who had
repeatedly assured reporters in recent weeks that flying was safe
and that the Yankees had no reason to worry.

Authorities say the craft took off from New Jersey's Teterboro
Airport and was in the air for barely 15 minutes. The plane issued
a distress call before the crash.

The FAA says it's too early to determine what might have caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent
investigators.


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