Strong Wind to Blame for Deadly NYC Plane Crash


Washington, DC - A stiff wind was blamed for blowing the small airplane carrying Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle off course and into a New York City high-rise on October 11th.

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the wind, coupled with the pilot's attempt at turning too sharply over New York's East River, forced the aircraft over Manhattan and into the side of a high-rise building.

The airplane, which also carried flight instructor Tyler Stanger, struck the building and fell 30 stories to the street below. Investigators do not say whether they determined who was at the controls of the Cirrus SR20.

The report issued Friday said the airplane was flying along the East River between Manhattan and Queens when it attempted a U-turn with only 1,300 feet of room for the turn. To make a successful turn with a wind of 8 miles-an-hour from the East, the aircraft would have had to bank so steeply that it might have stalled.

Lidle and Stanger were making an aerial tour of Manhattan before flying back to California.