A small plane crashed into 20th floor of a 50 story apartment building located at 524 E. 72nd Street shortly before 3 p.m. this afternoon. It was piloted by New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, who was one of two people killed in the accident. No one on the ground or in the apartment building were seriously injured. From NY1,
"New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed into a 50-story high-rise on Manhattan’s Upper East Side Wednesday afternoon, temporarily igniting fears of terrorism and prompting a massive emergency response."
Immediately following the accident, fears of terrorism were ignited and prompted a massive emergency response within the city by the FDNY and NYPD. Even Mayor Bloomberg rushed to the scene to survey the damage. The nation's defense system's also responded swiftly not wanting to take any chances in a post 9/11 era, NOAA and the Department of Homeland Security scrambled to assemble fighter jets to protect the skies as a precautionary measure.
Some witnesses say the airplane appeared to be having "mechanical problems" while others are saying "it circled the area" before crashing into the apartment building. The NTSB and FAA are still investigating the cause of the crash. More from NY1.com