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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Lidle dies as plane crashes into Manhattan high-rise

This is only baseball news because CNN and SI’s Tom Verducci are reporting that the plane is registered to former Yankee player Cory Lidle.

Regardless, this is not good news.

UPDATE: The link is now ESPN’s more sports-centric story… from that article

A small plane piloted by New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashed into a 50-story condominium tower Wednesday on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, killing at least four people, authorities said.

Lidle died in the crash.

The twin-engine plane came through a hazy, cloudy sky and hit the 20th floor of The Belaire—a red-brick tower overlooking the East River, about five miles from the World Trade Center—with a loud bang, touching off a raging fire that cast a pillar of black smoke over the city and sent flames shooting from four windows on two adjoining floors.


The plane left New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, just across the Hudson River from the city, at 2:30 p.m., about 15 minutes before the crash, according to officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport. But they said they did not where the aircraft was headed.

Sean McNally Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:46 PM | 409 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rob Base Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:49 PM (#2207224)
FAN says that he was killed in the crash.
   2. AndrewJ Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:50 PM (#2207225)
This is seriously f----d up.
   3. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:50 PM (#2207226)
I think I missed something in my run from the car to the house. Verducci is saying Corey "was" now. Has this been confirmed?
   4. dcpi Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:51 PM (#2207227)
CNN says Lidle was the pilot and there was one other passenger.
   5. tfbg9 Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:51 PM (#2207228)
They just said on the news that the plane was registered to Cory Lidle.
   6. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:51 PM (#2207229)
MSNBC says his passport was found on the street underneath the crash.

Ugh. Just ugh.
   7. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:51 PM (#2207231)
Lidle confirmed dead.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:52 PM (#2207233)
Bizarre and very sad.
   9. Fat Al Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:52 PM (#2207236)
Michael Kay just said Lidle confirmed dead.
   10. Cris E Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:52 PM (#2207237)
Yikes.
   11. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:52 PM (#2207239)
This is REALLY ###### up.
   12. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:53 PM (#2207240)
Holy ####.

I know it sounds trite, but all my prayers to his family and friends and the Yankee organization.
   13. Jose Molina wants a nickname like "A-Rod" Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:54 PM (#2207241)
NY1 is now showing footage of Lidle getting lit up against the Tigers. Nice.

I'm on 74th and York at a friends place. Walked down a while ago to check out the smoke. Kinda boring.
   14. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:54 PM (#2207242)
Wow.

Can't think of anything else to say.
   15. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:54 PM (#2207243)
Wow. Just... wow. Weird.
   16. Kiko Sakata Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:54 PM (#2207244)
Wow. My condolences to Cory's family.
   17. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:54 PM (#2207245)
I'm not really paying a lot of attention. Are you guys serious?

Not that BTF posters would joke about such a thing.
   18. Fat Al Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:55 PM (#2207246)
Yes, that's just awful. It was awful anyway, but being able to put a face and personality to the news somehow brings it home. Terrible news.
   19. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:55 PM (#2207247)
From today's Mets game chatter:

15. Rob Base Posted: October 11, 2006 at 04:42 PM (#2207211)

I heard Steinbrenner paid the pilot's family $30,000...


Can we all agree never to respond to anything this ####### says on these boards in the future, and to otherwise shun him in all wasy possible?
   20. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:56 PM (#2207250)
One of the last things he did was get berated by Mike & The Mad Dog.

This is terrible.
   21. Vogon Poet Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:57 PM (#2207251)
Fox News and ESPN are reporting Lidle was the pilot. He was the only one on board...as of now, he and three people in the building are reported dead.

I'm stunned. Stunned. RIP Cory.
   22. MM1f Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:57 PM (#2207252)
WHAT?
   23. Urban Faber Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:58 PM (#2207253)
One of the last things he did was get berated by Mike & The Mad Dog

Who will they blame now?
   24. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:58 PM (#2207254)
Ok. Sorry. I really thought it was some sort of sick Yankee inside joke because, I mean no way it's really Cory Lidle right?

Holy ####. Very sad and my condolences to anyone with connections to Lidle who might be reading.

So, I know it's early but...suicide or accident?
   25. Banta Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:59 PM (#2207255)
Holy ####. This is ####### crazy. I really don't know what to say.
   26. AndrewJ Posted: October 11, 2006 at 08:59 PM (#2207256)
I remember watching TV (GILLIGAN'S ISLAND) on the afternoon of August 2, 1979 when the news broke in that Munson was dead. I'm getting deja vu right now.

Spooky story. Very spooky.
   27. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:00 PM (#2207257)
From all the eyewitness descriptions it sounds like an accident, possibly an engine stall.
   28. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:00 PM (#2207258)
So, I know it's early but...suicide or accident?

What I heard was that the airplane was doing somersaults in midair, so I'd guess accident.

It's very hard to call for a non-emergency ambulance in New York right now.
   29. Benji Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:01 PM (#2207259)
My God in heaven this is horrible. My first thought was "was this a suicide?". Oh my God. I'm just stunned.
   30. Joshemy Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:02 PM (#2207260)
Holy ####. This is so bizarre. And extremely sad.
   31. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:02 PM (#2207261)
So, I know it's early but...suicide or accident?

I saw a report that there had been a distress call about a plane having fuel problems. I think that's probably what this was.

No one commits suicide by flying a plane into a building (OK, terrorists excluded).
   32. MM1f Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:02 PM (#2207262)
Google news says nothing about this if you search "Cory Lidle" FWIW

Man, this really makes me think about life. What if Bobby Abrue hits a few more HRs, the Philles are closer to contention in July then the Abreu trade talks never happen, Lidle stays in Philly and he doesnt fly out of NY/Teterboro, NJ this October.
Damn

To those who know about flying...
how does this happen? Was the plane totally out of control? I'd assume any flight plan would keep him way the hell away from the skyscrapers of Manhatten
   33. Spahn Insane Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:02 PM (#2207263)
What a bizarre, sad story. The timing, right after the Yanks' playoff exit, makes it seem even more macabre.
   34. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:02 PM (#2207264)
He just got his pilot's license earlier this year.
   35. The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:04 PM (#2207265)
An observer interviewed on CNN said the plane was "zig-zagging down". I doubt it was a suicide.
   36. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:05 PM (#2207266)
No one commits suicide by flying a plane into a building (OK, terrorists excluded).

There was that wacked out kid in Florida who did kill himself by flying an airplane into a building in 2001 or so.
   37. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:05 PM (#2207267)
Everything points to accident.
   38. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:06 PM (#2207269)
former Yankee player?

Sad news.
   39. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:06 PM (#2207270)
First Thurman, now Lidle. Jesus. Condolences to his family and friends, obviously. I always liked him, even though he did cross the line. Are we sure that he died? there's some kind of parachute inside the plane, according to CNN.
   40. Rob Base Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:07 PM (#2207271)

Can we all agree never to respond to anything this ####### says on these boards in the future, and to otherwise shun him in all wasy possible?


Van, as I said on the game chatter thread, I posted that before this news was announced (or at least before I heard it on WFAN). Obviously that looks terrible now, and I've asked J. Furtado to take it down.
   41. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:07 PM (#2207272)
Man, this really makes me think about life. What if Bobby Abrue hits a few more HRs, the Philles are closer to contention in July then the Abreu trade talks never happen, Lidle stays in Philly and he doesnt fly out of NY/Teterboro, NJ this October.
Damn


It was self important bluster when George said it, but the Yankees' elimination from the playoffs now really is a sad failure. Lidle would have been sitting in the bullpen tonight if the Yankees had beaten the Tigers.
   42. Repoz Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:08 PM (#2207273)
More on this terrible story...

Mike & Dog calling for MLB to call off Met game.
   43. Twoey Guillen Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:08 PM (#2207274)
   44. MM1f Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:08 PM (#2207275)
What a career BTW. From replacement player, to briefly a star when he had that 2nd half run for the As, to the bane of Arthur Rhodes existance, to center of NY media scrutiny post-playoffs, to this.

"The only thing Cory Lidle wants to do is fly around in his airplane and gamble."-Arthur Rhodes in July or Aug.

Lidle also ran a charity poker tourney.

Fittingly, i guess, he died after crossing the river that his great granddad first sailed a steamboat down
   45. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:09 PM (#2207276)
To those who know about flying...
how does this happen?
.
.
.

He just got his pilot's license earlier this year.


That's how. If he was having fuel problems, that in itself should not cause him to fly out of control. But getting distracted tending the problem would. One of the hardest things to learn is that in an emergency, the most important rule is maintain aircraft control. I taught flying in the Air Force for 6 years, and I can't count how many times in the simulator I would program in a simple malfunction and the student would fly into a mountain while readin his checklist.
   46. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:12 PM (#2207277)
When I read about this on another site, I thought it was some sort of macabre joke about the Yankee post-season failure.
   47. MM1f Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:12 PM (#2207278)
What a career BTW. From replacement player, to briefly a star when he had that 2nd half run for the As, to the bane of Arthur Rhodes existance, to center of NY media scrutiny post-playoffs, to this.

"The only thing Cory Lidle wants to do is fly around in his airplane and gamble."-Arthur Rhodes in July or Aug.

Lidle also ran a charity poker tourney.

Fittingly, i guess, he died after crossing the river that his great granddad first sailed a steamboat down
   48. Fountains of Wayne Gomes Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:14 PM (#2207279)
"The only thing Cory Lidle wants to do is fly around in his airplane and gamble." - Arthur Rhodes, August 2 2006.
   49. chemdoc Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:16 PM (#2207281)
Farewell, Cory Lidle. We hardly knew you.
   50. AndrewJ Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:17 PM (#2207282)
Matt Drudge, a/k/a Mr. Sensitivity, has this headline on his site:

YANKS PITCHER PLOWS PLANE INTO NYC HIGH-RISE
   51. Urban Faber Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:19 PM (#2207283)
Is the weather bad in NY today? Maybe that had something to do with it.
   52. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:19 PM (#2207284)
if the fuel flow cuts out and the engine stalls your pretty ######
   53. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:22 PM (#2207285)
I don't get the timeline of Base's joke, which is now in poor taste. So, he heard a plane crashed, and for some reason said "Stenibrenner paid 30K to the pilot's family." Then, in the unlikeliest scenario possible, it turned out to actually be Lidle's plane?

I just don't see at what point in the development of this story that comment could be made and not be very wrong.
   54. Karl from NY Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:22 PM (#2207286)
The weather is raining now in NY, but it was just cloudy at the time the crash happened.
   55. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:23 PM (#2207287)
In some ways, this is as shocking as the Munson crash because of all of the speculation concerning a terrorist act.

RIP
   56. Urban Faber Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:23 PM (#2207288)
Meat's handle is unfortunately fitting ....
   57. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:25 PM (#2207291)
Is the weather bad in NY today? Maybe that had something to do with it.

It was gray. but not stormy or particularly inclement.
   58. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:25 PM (#2207292)
I post links & such about missing or downed planes all the time (I'm online editor for the Civil Air Patrol), but this ... this is too damned bizarre for words.

Condolences to all involved.
   59. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:26 PM (#2207294)
It was foggy, and visibility was limited.
   60. Delino DeShields & Yarnell Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:26 PM (#2207295)
To those who know about flying...
how does this happen?


"Visual flight into meteoroligical conditions" is #1 proximate cause of fatal accidents. News reports said it was cloudy?
   61. AuntBea Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:27 PM (#2207296)
Wsahington D.C.

White house correspondents have confirmed that President Bush has been informed of the situation. Early reports indicate that immediate plans have been made for a full-scale invasion of Yankistan.
   62. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:27 PM (#2207298)
what's weird (and sadly ironic with current speculation over why the crash occurred) is this snippet taken from the NYT article linked above:

“The whole plane has a parachute on it,” Lidle said. “Ninety-nine percent of pilots that go up never have engine failure, and the 1 percent that do usually land it. But if you’re up in the air and something goes wrong, you pull that parachute, and the whole plane goes down slowly.”

I wonder if he felt he couldn't deploy the parachute because he was over the city.
   63. eerbeek Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:27 PM (#2207299)
When it first broke into programming, all detail was sketchy. I'm sure I'm not the only one to have looked at the building on fire and immediately thought "tragic".

I just now heard on the news that the plane was registered to Lidle, but that they weren't confirming or denying reports of his death until they get "official" confirmation.

I watched coverage for much of the afternoon. Eyewitness accounts are all over the place from "certain it was a helicopter" to "made a sharp turn, lost control and crashed".

Reports are that the plane was not being governed by authorities, but was flying according to "sight" rules of aviation.

But what relatively inexperienced pilot (if he just got his license as is stated above) takes the risk of flying in and out of buildings in Manhattan? Wouldn't a more natural choice be to fly over the river with fewer obstacles?

How bad was his particular performance in the playoffs? Could he have been JUST that depressed, especially if being berated on the radio?

People commit suicide in a million different ways. This is one of them. The reason you don't hear about it happening is because MOST suicide victims don't have access to planes and don't have an education to fly them. The Average Joe can't just hop into a plane and get it off the ground... but he CAN turn the car on in a closed garage and enjoy his last beer as he dies.

It's a dramatic way to go... one the whole world will repeatedly see. One that will start threads like this.
   64. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:30 PM (#2207301)
Pardon me for saying this but I hope every player who gave Lidle a hard time for being a "scab" is having a good long look at themselves. The strike was about money, Lidle was a human life--and only one of these two commodities is replaceable.

Any money lost during the strike can be earned back, any harsh words to Lidle can now never be taken back.

Condolences to the Lidle family and friends.

Best Regards

John
   65. JRVJ (formerly Delta Socrates) Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:30 PM (#2207306)
This is terribly ironic, but if memory serves me right:

Mariano Rivera commented (this was quoted in Olney's Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty) that in some ways he was glad that the Yanks lost game 7 of 2001 WS, since Enrique Wilson had scheduled his return to the Dominican (assuming a Yankee victory) in AA Flight 587 which crashed into the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens after takeoff on November 12th, 2001.

http://proxy.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=olney_buster&id=2051491
   66. Bob Koo Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:30 PM (#2207307)
that 9/8 article from the NYT is eerie. RIP, Cory and my condolences to his family and friends.
   67. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:32 PM (#2207309)
But what relatively inexperienced pilot (if he just got his license as is stated above) takes the risk of flying in and out of buildings in Manhattan? Wouldn't a more natural choice be to fly over the river with fewer obstacles?

This building is way over by the East River. If he were flying over the river, away from the obstacles, and lost control, this is where he'd strike a building. It's not like he hit a building on Lexington or Madison or something.
   68. deb Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:32 PM (#2207310)
My condolences to Mr. Lidle's family.
   69. PreservedFish Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:32 PM (#2207311)
But what relatively inexperienced pilot (if he just got his license as is stated above) takes the risk of flying in and out of buildings in Manhattan? Wouldn't a more natural choice be to fly over the river with fewer obstacles?

You can't fly in and out of buildings. Since 9/11 they've had severe controls on where you can fly in the NYC area. I learned this from Inside the Actor's Studio with John Travolta, where he and the host reminsced about scenic place trips around the NYC skyline that they'll never be able to take again. As you can see I know almost nothing about this, but he must have had all sorts of problems to be anywhere close to the Manhattan buildings.
   70. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:33 PM (#2207312)
I've also heard that pride prevents most pilots from using a crash as suicide - even though they'd likely get their families insurance money.

The pilots here may be able to speculate better about that. Thanks for the info re: suicide guys. I hope it was an accident. Dead is dead but I'd rather think he was out having fun than depressed and wanting to die. I mean, I'd rather think that of any death.
   71. CWS Keith plans to boo your show at the Apollo Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:33 PM (#2207313)
ESPN is reporting that another person was in the plane with Lidle.

RIP Cory.
   72. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:33 PM (#2207314)
Is the weather bad in NY today? Maybe that had something to do with it.


According to CNN's Miles O'Brien (who is very knowledgable about flying. he mau be a pilot), the ceiling was 1800 feet with 8 miles vis, and VFR flying under LGA's airspace is limited to 1,000, so it would appear weather was not a factor.

if the fuel flow cuts out and the engine stalls your pretty ######


Yes and no. All planes have some limited glide capability, and pilots are trained in emergency landing procedures. In any case, there would be no reason to lose control and crash into a building if handeled properly. My guess is that he either:

1) got distracted handling the problem, or

2) did not handle the power out situation properly and stalled.
   73. winnipegwhip Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:33 PM (#2207315)
I sometimes step over the lines but undoubtedly any smart alleck comment is in bad taste.

This is depressing and unbelievable.

RIP Cory.
   74. Fountains of Wayne Gomes Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:34 PM (#2207316)
1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER

That sucks, but an accident is still a lot more likely than a suicide.
   75. J. Michael Neal Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:36 PM (#2207317)
Man, this really makes me think about life. What if Bobby Abrue hits a few more HRs, the Philles are closer to contention in July then the Abreu trade talks never happen, Lidle stays in Philly and he doesnt fly out of NY/Teterboro, NJ this October.

Someone on ESPN said that he has used Teterboro as his home field all along.
   76. Andere Richtingen Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:37 PM (#2207318)
AP reports Lidle was on the plane.
   77. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:37 PM (#2207319)
I've also heard that pride prevents most pilots from using a crash as suicide - even though they'd likely get their families insurance money.

I don't think his family needed the money.
   78. Greg Franklin Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:37 PM (#2207320)
The last image of Lidle most fans saw was this Saturday's game, in FOX's trademark full-frame Closeup-O-Vision, mopping up after Jaret Wright blew the game in Detroit.

This news really is shocking. RIP.
   79. JPWF13 Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:38 PM (#2207321)
I don't get the timeline of Base's joke, which is now in poor taste. So, he heard a plane crashed, and for some reason said "Stenibrenner paid 30K to the pilot's family."


Saadam Hussein used to pay the families of suidcide bombers 30K...
   80. Delino DeShields & Yarnell Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:39 PM (#2207322)
Just did a quick NTSB search on fatal General Aviation accidents since 1/1/2001. Out of 1659 results, a total of 48 had suicide mentioned in probable cause. Never thought it would be that high.
   81. JMM Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:39 PM (#2207323)
His wife was on a commercial flight, so we know that the other passenger wasn't her.

Lidle -- along with his twin brother Kevin, a former minor league catcher -- was a high school (and then Oakland Athletics) teammate of Jason Giambi.
   82. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:40 PM (#2207324)
RIP Cory.


RIP the three poor nameless souls killed in their homes.
   83. eerbeek Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:42 PM (#2207326)
Our local weather guy (I'm in Detroit, BTW) has the same kind of plane. He explained that a parachute the size of a house can be deployed at the first sign of trouble and while it would destroy the plane, lives are inevitably saved in a mechanical failure.

He also said that this kind of plane is super fast and is "technologically advanced" as far as others go... he likened the cockpit to that of a lear jet.

My assumption is that the plane is probably not old enough to have such serious mechanical problems.

Then, we need to look at maintenance records, etc.

How did Lidle's passport make it all the way to the ground instead of burning in the crash? Why would he even HAVE his passport if he was just tooling around NYC?

Weather: Visibility was 7 miles.
   84. JMM Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:43 PM (#2207330)
That was not meant to read as speculation that Jason Giambi (or Kevin Lidle, for that matter) was the other passenger.
   85. Zagg Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:43 PM (#2207331)
Pardon me for saying this but I hope every player who gave Lidle a hard time for being a "scab" is having a good long look at themselves. The strike was about money, Lidle was a human life--and only one of these two commodities is replaceable.

I'm sorry. This makes no sense and has no place in the here and now.

You're using his death to make a political point.
   86. Chris Needham Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:44 PM (#2207332)
The NY Times wrote about Lidle and his plane a month ago.

“The whole plane has a parachute on it,” Lidle said. “Ninety-nine percent of pilots that go up never have engine failure, and the 1 percent that do usually land it. But if you’re up in the air and something goes wrong, you pull that parachute, and the whole plane goes down slowly.”
   87. Urban Faber Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:44 PM (#2207333)
Apparently two dead in the crash, and not four as originally reported.
   88. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:44 PM (#2207335)
1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER

That sucks, but an accident is still a lot more likely than a suicide.


Since nobody was pointing fingers at him as a Yankee goat, I would be shocked if he commited suicide over his pitching.

AFAIAC, unless reports to the contrary, this is just an accident.
   89. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:45 PM (#2207336)
My assumption is that the plane is probably not old enough to have such serious mechanical problems.


Does it have multiple fuel tanks which need to be switched manually? That is a very common cause of accidents among inexperienced pilots; running a tank dry and forgetting to switch.
   90. JRVJ (formerly Delta Socrates) Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:47 PM (#2207337)
As to the passport, maybe he kept it in his plane for possible flights to Canada (which is not that far away from NYC)
   91. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:47 PM (#2207338)
CNN said the other passenger was a flight instructor? I only heard it once, so I don't know if that was presented as fact.
   92. no neck Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:49 PM (#2207340)
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
   93. Sean McNally Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:49 PM (#2207342)
If Lidle was a HS teammate of Giambi's can we get a quote from Giambi - if only to prove he wasn't in the plane.
   94. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:50 PM (#2207343)
CNN said the other passenger was a flight instructor? I only heard it once, so I don't know if that was presented as fact.


This on CNN.com

"• NEW: Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle only person aboard plane, FBI said"
   95. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:50 PM (#2207344)
RIP the three poor nameless souls killed in their homes.

East Side, middle of the day, they might have been hired help. It really would suck to be a martyr to clean floors.
   96. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:50 PM (#2207345)
Suicide? Quite a ridiculous speculation. Why not crash into the ocean as a suicide? Why endanger innocent people?
   97. Guapo Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:51 PM (#2207346)
CNN is reporting that Lidle was the only person on the plane.
   98. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:52 PM (#2207347)
You're using his death to make a political point.

No, I think John was making the point that life is far more important than political squabbles, and if we want to heap scorn on others, we would be wise not to take doing so lightly.
   99. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:53 PM (#2207348)
Good god, I hate the Yankees but that doesn't mean I want them killed. My condolences to him and his teammates, and the families of those killed in the crash.
   100. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: October 11, 2006 at 09:53 PM (#2207349)
First Munson, now this.

I wish baseball players wouldn't fly their own planes.


Ken Hubbs too.

How awful. Rest in peace, Cory.
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