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Yankees Pitcher Killed in NYC Plane Crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board says two regional investigators are already at the scene of Wednesday's crash of a small plane into a Manhattan high-rise.

Officials say both people on the plane were killed. And a law enforcement official in Washington says New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was one of the two on board.

An NTSB official says one investigator is already at work on the 40th floor of the high-rise that was hit by the plane.

NTSB member Debbie Hersman says other investigators are headed to New York from Washington. She says they'll work with emergency responders on the scene, the FAA, and the makers of the plane and the engine.

The New York Yankees are stunned by news that Lidle was aboard the small plane. Team owner George Steinbrenner issued a statement calling it a "terrible and shocking tragedy" and offering "deep condolences and prayers" to Lidle's wife and son.

On the team's Web site, manager Joe Torre is quoted as saying he was with former Yankees Ron Guidry and Lee Mazzilli when they got the news. Torre says that while Lidle's time with the Yankees was short, he proved himself to be "a good teammate and a great competitor."

Lidle came to the Bronx in a July trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent nine seasons in the majors, playing for seven teams.

The Yankees aren't strangers to tragedies involving planes. In 1979, catcher Thurman Munson died when the plane he was piloting crashed.


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