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October 11, 2006

Small Plane Hits New York City Building (Updated)

Topics: National News

Aircraft hits NY condo.jpgA small plane with New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle aboard crashed into a 50-story condominium tower Wednesday on Manhattan's Upper East Side, killing at least four people.

Christine Monaco, a New York spokeswoman for the FBI, said there was no indication of terrorism. FAA spokesman Jim Peters said all three New York City-area airports were operating normally.

Large crowds gathered at the crash scene in the tony New York neighborhood, with many people in tears and others trying to reach loved ones by cell phone. Mayor Michael Bloomberg went to the site, where parts of the fuselage fell to the ground.

"I just saw something come across the sky and crash into that building," said Young May Cha, 23, a Cornell University medical student who was walking along 72nd Street. "There was fire, debris ... The explosion was very small."

Read more... (with images).

Update: Fox News is reporting that only two people were killed in the crash, one of which is presumed to be New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle because his passport was found on the street below the crash site.

Hat tip - harry Owens.

Posted by Richard at October 11, 2006 5:19 PM

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