What Caused Cory Lidle's Crash?

Karlgaard, Rich
November 2006
Forbes Asia;11/13/2006, Vol. 2 Issue 19, p22
The author comments on an aircraft accident involving a Cirrus plane which resulted in the death of professional baseball player Cory Lidle. In essence, Lidle and his certified flight instructor flew straight up a box canyon, a virtual box defined by airspace regulations. Radar tracking shows that Lidle was flying north up the East River in an approved visual flight rules corridor. A 45-degree banked turn results in a sudden loss of altitude unless the pilot add power.


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