Plane belonged to Yankees Pitcher Cory Lidle.
Just before Noon (PST), a small general-aviation plane that took off from Teterboro New Jersey crashed into a 50-story residential high rise on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
New York Yankees manager Joe Torre reported that the plane, which crashed into the 20th floor of the high rise belonged to team pitcher Cory Lidle. The FBI has confirmed that Lidle was the pilot and only person aboard. Two fatalities have been confirmed.
The crash sparked a 4-Alarm fire which burned 3-units while debris rained down on the street below. The luxury high rise located on the corner of E. 72nd Street and York was evacuated as fire personnel sprayed streams of water from units below.
Both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI ruled out terrorism. As a precaution, NORAD dispatched fighter jets to several U.S. cities.