Tue, Feb 06, 2007
Indicates FAA Will Make 'Temp' NYC Flight Restrictions
The NTSB released its factual report
of the October 11 crash of an SR20 which took the lives of New York
Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor Tyler
The report details the board's findings on the condition of the
wreckage, and toxicology tests of both Lidle and Stanger.
According to the NTSB, medical examiners found no indication of
drugs or alcohol in Lidle's or Stanger's bodies.
Because the aircraft included avionics that might have some
stored information about the flight, investigators had hoped to
gain a better understanding of the plane's flight path before it
impacted a Manhattan apartment tower, but damage to the systems
were too extensive.
Nor did the NTSB's report reveal any information about who might
have been exercising control of the aircraft during the crash.
According to the Associated Press, the question of who was
flying the aircraft has major financial implications for the
beneficiaries of Lidle's life insurance policy. Lidle's policy from
Major League Baseball includes a $450,000 benefit, with an
accidental death benefit of $1.05 million. but includes an
exclusion for "any incident related to travel in an aircraft
...while acting in any capacity other than as a passenger."
Additionally, the NTSB report indicates flight restrictions put in place by the FAA
following the accident prohibiting flight over the river unless the
pilot maintains radio contact with ATC are to become permanent.
According to the NTSB documents, the FAA on December 12
"indicated that they would be proceeding with a rulemaking action
to make the restrictions ... permanently effective."
An Associated Press report says the FAA could not immediately
confirm whether it would make those restrictions permanent.
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