The memory of 9/11 has been rekindled in New York after a light aircraft crashed into a high-rise apartment building on Manhattan’s East Side, killing the two people onboard. US authorities have moved quickly to quash any reports of terrorism, in a city still jittery five years after the attacks. The pilot of the four-seater plane was one of America’s top baseball players, Cory Lidle. The New York Yankees’ pitcher died along side his flying instructor when the aircraft hit the building in overcast weather.
Lidle, aged 34 and a husband and father, earned his pilot’s license last year and bought the Cirrus SR 20 with less than 400 hours flying time. Emergency services moved quickly to evacuate the area. There are reports that 21 have been injured, the majority fire fighters with smoke inhalation. Five civilians were also treated for their injuries.