A small plane, piloted by the New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, has hit a luxury apartment block in the Upper East Side of New York city, killing both the pilot and his instructor.
The plane hit the 54-storey Belair building at floors 30 and 31, immediately starting a fire. It is not yet known whether the building has suffered lasting structural damage.The authorities were quick to reassure the public, as the crash had echoes of the 11 September 2001 attacks, but the crash seems to be a tragic accident. 'Everybody is sensitive when a plane goes into a building. But Homeland Security sees no evidence of anything relating to terrorism or anything remotely like it,' said New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.The building will now be carefully monitored to check its structural integrity.