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Yankee Player Dies in High-Rise Crash

10/11/2006 5:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cory Lidle dies in plane crashNY Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle was piloting the plane that slammed into The Belaire, a 50-story New York City high-rise this afternoon. Lidle perished in the crash, along with one other person

TMZ has learned that Lidle was issued a private pilot's license in February of 2006, which certifies him to fly single engine airplanes.

Lidle, 34, joined the Yankees this season, and has pitched for several teams during his eight-year career, including the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, and Oakland Athletics. Several of the Yankees live in the very near vicinity of the building that was struck at 72nd Street and York Avenue, including Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, and, especially, first baseman Jason Giambi and catcher Jorge Posada, who live within just a few blocks of The Belaire.

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Eli    

Wow, poor guy, but what are these people thinking?

This guy Im sure made triple my salary, why fly planes? I mean come on people died besides him, how crazy is that!

2902 days ago
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quel    

clearly he needed more lessons.

2902 days ago
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stoopit    

Should have stuck with the activity he was good at, baseball.

2902 days ago
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Heather    

Whoa. So sad. Was it an accident, or a terrorist type deal?

2902 days ago
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Cristina    

His insurance will be paying for this! and then it's on his family- hope he was covered!

2902 days ago
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no pervs allowed    

Reminds me of when Thurman Munson died- a plane accident also.

2902 days ago
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Eli    

#4 can you read?

It saids he was taking flying lessons, obviously like #2 saids not long enough.

2902 days ago
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kathleen    

Clearly a tragedy. Less "stars" should get their pilot's liscense. It is just too dangerous!

2902 days ago
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stoopit    

#6 can you read," was issued a private pilot's license in February of 2006" it wasn't a lesson.

2902 days ago
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Jennifa O Jenny    

that is so sad!!!!!! RIP COREY! I hate those putt-putt small planes. JFK jr., Aaliyah - how many people we got to lose to these planes.

2902 days ago
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heather    

Get your facts straight. He has not been confirmed dead. He was the ONLY person on the plane. This has all been stated by the FBI. How sick and cruel of you to report someones death when it has not been confirmed. Yes, there are two confirmed deaths, but neither have been identified as Lidle.

2902 days ago
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CoCo    

*LOL* @ #4 comment.
Why would a Yankee's pitcher be a terrorist??LOL

2902 days ago
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Maya    

um, tmz should get its facts straight before they post things.
according to cnn, yahoo, and espn the death has not been confirmed yet. all they've said is that they found his passport on the ground nearby.

2902 days ago
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Glee (I'm baaaaack)    

Stick to POOP SCOOPING TMZ and leave real journalism to the real journalists.

2902 days ago
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heather    

THANK YOU MAYA! Why do people have to be sick and cruel. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT! When they notify the next of kin, then we'll know who the deceased are.

2902 days ago
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