Small Aircraft Crashes Into NYC High-Rise

FOXNews.com – Small Aircraft Crashes Into NYC High-Rise – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News:

NEW YORK – A small aircraft crashed into a high-rise on the Upper East Side, raining down debris on Manhattan and unleashing what witnesses reported was a gigantic fireball, police said.

The aircraft struck the 20th floor of a building on East 72nd Street, said Fire Department spokeswoman Emily Rahimi. Witnesses said the crash caused a loud noise, and burning and falling debris was seen. Flames were seen shooting out of the windows.

“There’s huge pieces of debris falling,” said one witness who refused to give her full name. “There’s so much falling now, I’ve got to get away.”

Whether anyone was injured was not known, and it was unclear if the crash was an act of terrorism.

The address of the building is 524 E. 72nd Street – a 50-story condominium tower built in 1986 and located nearby Sotheby’s Auction House. It has 183 apartments, many of which sell for more than $1 million.


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Posted on October 11, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A co-worker said the plane was registered to Cory Lidle, a pitcher with the New York Yankees. I have not been able to confirm this through any online news site, but apparently Lidle received his pilot’s license 6 months ago.

  2. Confirmed: http://www.abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=2555263&page=1

    “Federal Aviation Administration records show the single-engine plane was registered to Lidle, and FBI reports show that Lidle’s passport was found at the scene. The FBI believed Lidle was the only person aboard the plane and the other three deaths occurred inside the building.” (Source: ABCNews.com)

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