New York Yankees manager Joe Torre says the plane that crashed into a building in Manhattan is registered to team pitcher Cory Lidle.
UPDATE: WFAN’s Yankees beat reporter Sweeney Murti says that Lidle told him he was planning on flying home to California and that he got his pilot’s license just last year.
UPDATE #2: ESPN.com reports Lidle was flying the plane, is dead.
UPDATE #3: A story about Lidle’s recreational aviation hobby from Delaware Online, via Deadspin:
The Phillies weren’t enamored of pitcher Cory Lidle’s hobby of flying a four-seat airplane.
But now that Lidle is with the Yankees, it’s an especially sensitive topic.
In 1979, Yankees catcher Thurman Munson died when a plane he was piloting crashed near his home in Canton, Ohio. Lidle earned his pilot’s license last offseason, and has insisted his plane is safe.
“The whole plane has a parachute on it,” he told The New York Times. “Ninety-nine percent of pilots that go up never have engine failure, and the 1 percent that do usually land.
“But, if you’re up in the air and something goes wrong, you pull that parachute, and the whole plane goes down slowly.”