Friday, April 29, 2011

Cory Lidle A Yankees Pitcher 'to Blame' for Fatal Crash that brought Plane down on Manhattan apartments - 28th Apr 2011

Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle made a series of errors before the plane he was piloting crashed into a Manhattan apartment building, a court has heard.

Mr Lidle, 34, and his instructor Tyler Stanger, 26, were killed when their plane came down on the Upper East Side in October 2006.

The pair made several mistakes as they tried to make a sharp ‘high performance’ turn in one of the busiest air corridors in the country, said a lawyer for the plane manufacturer in the opening statements of a lawsuit.

Mr Lidle’s widow Melanie and the family of Mr Stanger are suing plane manufacturer Cirrus Design Corp for more than $100 million.

The jury heard that the plane crashed after the men took a detour past the Statue of Liberty and up the East River on a flight to California, days after the baseball season had ended.

Mr Lidle had bought the plane months earlier and had flown it for only four hours before the accident. Read More