Wednesday, October 11, 2006

BREAKING - Small plane crashes into NYC residential building

I read the headline and immediately had flashbacks...

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.

Only 2 have died so far which while tragic is much better than my initial estimate would have been, especially with som many headlines talking about the debris raining down on people on the ground.

And a quick prayer for Cory Lidle and his family. The plane may have been registered to him, but hopefully he wasn't on board.

UPDATE @ 3:14pm: NYT confirms Lidle was on the plane.

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