Corey Lidle Dies In Plane Crash

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Corey Lidle and his plane.

The New York Times is now carrying official police identification of one of two bodies found at the scene of today’s airplane crash as Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle.

CNN had reported:

New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre told CNN that the plane that was a Cirrus SR-20 registered to team pitcher Cory Lidle.

In a somewhat bitter irony, The Times offers “related articles” on the side which include this Tyler Kepner piece about Lidle and his plane:

He is Cory Lidle, who has been a major league pitcher for nine years and a pilot for seven months. He earned his pilot’s license last off-season and bought a four-seat airplane for $187,000. It is a Cirrus SR20, built in 2002, with fewer than 400 hours in the air.

A player-pilot is still a sensitive topic for the Yankees, whose captain, Thurman Munson, was killed in the crash of a plane he was flying in 1979. Lidle, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 30, said his plane was safe.

“The whole plane has a parachute on it,” Lidle said. “Ninety-nine percent of pilots that go up never have engine failure, and the 1 percent that do usually land it. But if you’re up in the air and something goes wrong, you pull that parachute, and the whole plane goes down slowly.”

- Tom McGeveran