Back Stories: Yankees’ Pitcher Cory Lidle Killed In Plane Crash

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – On October 11, 2006, New York Yankees’ pitcher Cory Lidle was killed in a small plane crash.

This came just five years and one month after the 9/11 terror attacks.

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“Your first thought is going to be: It might be some sort of terrorist attack,” WCBS 880 anchor Steve Scott says. “So we had to be very careful. And I remember we said on the air, ‘We don’t know exactly what happened here, but we’re going to find out for you.’”

Soon, the information started coming in.

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“As a private pilot, I did know something about flying an aircraft, and right away I was able to lend a little bit of experience,” Scott says. “I figured out pretty quickly that trying to make a U-turn, a 180-degree turn, over the East River when there were some pretty strong winds blowing in from the east – that’s going to cause some trouble. And as it turned out, that’s exactly what happened.”

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