(Cory Lidle (right) with baseball writer Randy Miller over Clearwater, Fla. Credit: phillyBurbs.com)
Hollywood, CA born Cory Lidle was killed on board the small airplane that crashed into a New York City highrise earlier today, resulting on four fatalities according to the New York Coroner’s office.
Lidle, along with the rest of his team, had recently “cleaned out his locker” after Saturday’s third loss against the Detroit Tigers in the post-season MLB playoffs.
Lidle’s plane, a 2002 Cirrus SR20 Fixed Wing/Single Engine aircraft, was registered to his address in Lakeland, FL. The Cirrus SR20 is considered a very safe small aircraft, featuring an emergency chute that can be deployed by the pilot in mayday situations. While inital reports are that Lidle may have issued a “mayday” call, and had been flying irregularly, it i unknown if he had attempted to utilize the chute prior to the crash.
Lidle was born in Hollywood on March 22, 1972, and went on to play baseball at South Hills High School in West Covina along with fellow Yankees Jason Giambi and Aaron Small. (source: Wikipedia)
Lidle was traded to the Yankees from the Philadelphia Phillies last July. Former teammate Arthur Rhodes previously complained of him, “The only thing Cory Lidle wants to do is fly around in his airplane and gamble.” (source: Wikipedia)
Lidle is survived by his son Christopher and wife Melanie.