A light aircraft has crashed into an apartment building in New York, killing one of America’s top baseball players. The four seater plane was owned and piloted by New York Yankees pitcher Cory Liddle. Smoke and flames poured from the upper floors of the building, scenes reminiscent of the September the 11th attacks five years ago.
34-year-old Liddle died along with another person, believed to be a flying instructor. Experts moved quickly to quash any reports of terrorism, in a city still jittery after 9-11: “I saw him lose altitude and the right wing dipped and I said to the person I was on the phone with why is this plane doing acrobatics in the middle of New York City?”, said one eyewitness. “I thought this was terrorism, that’s why I was screaming and running call police call police everybody”, said another.
Military jets patrolled the skies over several US cities as a precaution but were soon stood down. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 11 fire fighters were taken to hospital. Five civilians were also treated for their injuries.