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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
6:05 pm
NBC News and news services
Updated: 24 minutes ago

NEW YORK - A small plane with New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle aboard crashed into a 50-story condominium tower Wednesday on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, killing at least four people and raining flaming debris on sidewalks, authorities said. NBC News confirmed Lidle was among the dead.

A law enforcement official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Lidle was on the plane. And Federal Aviation Administration records showed the single-engine plane was registered to the athlete, who just days ago — after the Yankees’ humiliating elimination from the playoffs — told reporters that he was getting his pilot’s license.

Lidle's passport was reportedly found on the street below the crash site.

The FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no evidence it was a terrorist attack. “The initial indication is that there is a terrible accident,” Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said. Nevertheless, fighter jets were sent aloft over U.S. cities as a precaution, the Pentagon said.

The twin-engine plane came through a hazy, cloudy sky and hit the 20th floor of The Belaire — a red-brick tower overlooking the East River, about five miles from the World Trade Center — with a loud bang, touching off a raging fire that cast a pillar of black smoke over the city and sent flames shooting from four windows on two adjoining floors.

Firefighters shot streams of water at the flames from the floors below and put the blaze out in less than an hour.

Large crowds gathered in the street in the largely wealthy New York neighborhood, with many people in tears and some trying to reach loved ones by cell phone.

“I was worried the building would explode, so I got out of there fast,” said Lori Claymont, who fled an adjoining building in sweatpants.

Bodies found on ground, in apartment
Police initially said two people were killed. WNBC reported two bodies found on the ground, one of which was strapped to an aircraft chair. Two bodies were also found in an apartment in the building, the TV station said.

Young May Cha, a 23-year-old Cornell University medical student, said she was walking back from the grocery store down 72nd Street when she saw an object out of the corner of her eye.

“I just saw something come across the sky and crash into that building,” she said. Cha said there appeared to be smoke coming from behind the aircraft, and “it looked like it was flying erratically for the short time that I saw it.”

“The explosion was very small. I was not threatened for my life,” she added.

Richard Drutman, a professional photographer who lives on the 11th floor, said he was talking on the telephone when he felt the building shake.

“There was a huge explosion. I looked out my window, and saw what appeared to be pieces of wings, on fire, falling from the sky,” Drutman said. He and his girlfriend quickly evacuated the building.

Four-seater plane involved
NBC's Jay Blackman reported it was a fixed-wing aircraft operating under visual flight rules, which means the aircraft did not have to be in contact with air traffic controllers. WNBC reported the plane was a Cirrus 20, which can seat four.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it was too early to determine what type of aircraft was involved, or what might have caused the crash.</p>

The plane left New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, just across the Hudson River from the city, at 2:30 p.m., about 15 minutes before the crash, according to officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport. But they said they did not where the aircraft was headed.

FAA spokeswoman Diane Spitaliere said the plane was apparently not in contact with air traffic controllers; pilots flying small planes by sight are not required to be in contact.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to investigate.

Former NTSB director Jim Hall said in a telephone interview he doesn’t understand how a plane could get so close to a New York City building after Sept. 11.

“We’re under a high alert and you would assume that if something like this happened, people would have known about it before it occurred, not after,” Hall said.

Airports operating normally
Mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark, daughter of author Mary Higgins Clark, lives on the 38th floor and was coming home in a cab when she saw the smoke. “Thank goodness I wasn’t at my apartment writing at the time,” she said. She described the building’s residents as a mix of actors, doctors, lawyers and writers, and people with second homes.

Sgt. Claudette Hutchinson, a spokeswoman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., said fighter jets “are airborne over numerous U.S. cities and while every indication is that this is an accident, we see this as a prudent measure at this time.”

However, all three New York City-area airports continued to operate normally, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said. In Washington, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said neither President Bush nor Vice President Dick Cheney was moved to secure locations.

“All indications are that is an unfortunate accident,” said Yolanda Clark, a spokeswoman for Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration. She said there was “no specific or credible intelligence suggesting an imminent threat to the homeland, at this time.”

Memories of Sept. 11
The crash struck fear in a city devastated by the attacks of Sept. 11 five years ago. Sirens echoed across the neighborhood as about 170 firefighters rushed in along with emergency workers and ambulances. Broken glass and debris were strewn around the neighborhood.

“There’s a sense of helplessness,” said Sandy Teller, watching from his apartment a block away. “Cots and gurneys, waiting. It’s a mess.”

The tower was built in the late 1980s and is situated near Sotheby’s auction house. It has 183 apartments, many of which sell for more than $1 million.

Several lower floors are occupied by doctors and administrative offices, as well as guest facilities for family members of patients at the Hospital for Special Surgery, hospital spokeswoman Phyllis Fisher said.

No patients were in the high-rise building and operations at the hospital a block away were not affected, Fisher said.

Check back for developments on this story.

NBC News, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
7:28 am
Jeep hits jet @ Teterboro Airport -- First Aviation
Jeep Hits Jet At Teterboro Airport
Driver Sustains Minor Injuries, Jet Minor Damage
(AP) TETERBORO, N.J. There was no fire or fuel spill when a Jeep struck a Lear jet parked at Teterboro Airport this morning.

The Port Authority said that the vehicle, driven by an 18-year-old woman, crashed through the fence along the airport's perimeter off Industrial Avenue.

The vehicle hit the jet's wing tip.

Port Authority spokesman Pasquale DiFulco says the driver sustained minor injuries. DiFulco says he believes the jet sustained minor damage.

The accident comes nearly a year after a corporate jet overran the departure end of a runway at Teterboro during an aborted takeoff attempt. The jet crashed through a fence, hit two cars as it crossed a road and slammed into a warehouse. Four people were seriously injured in that accident.

(© 2006 CBS Worldwide Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Current Mood: scared
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
7:01 pm
Accident during landing for Teterboro on September 2, 2005
September 3, 2005, 3:54 PM EDT

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. -- State police on Saturday identified the pilot killed in a small plane crash near Teterboro Airport.

Karen B. Hunter, 53, of Brooklyn was flying the Cessna 177 when it crashed into a building Friday night, Sgt. Stephen Jones said.

The crash injured a passenger, Sharon Osborne, 42, of Denver. Osborne suffered head injuries and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery. No one on the ground was injured.

The Cessna 177 was registered to a Karen Hunter at a Boonton address, but authorities could not immediately clarify the discrepancy between the Brooklyn and New Jersey addresses.

The single-engine plane went down just before 9:30 p.m., striking the South Hackensack Post Office building on Huyler Street as Hunter was trying to land, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates Teterboro Airport.

The plane ended up crumpled nose-first against a brick wall near a loading dock.

Hunter had reported an engine problem shortly before the crash, the Port Authority said.

The crash site is about a half-mile from Teterboro Airport, one of the nation's busiest small airports. It handles a steady stream of corporate and small package delivery aircraft and had more than 200,000 arrivals and departures in 2004. The airport is about 12 miles west of midtown Manhattan.

There have been three previous accidents at the Bergen County airport this year, two in which planes skidded off runways and a third in which a plane crashed while trying to land.

On Feb. 2, a twin-jet corporate plane with 11 people aboard ran off the end of a runway after an aborted takeoff, crossed a busy highway and slammed into a warehouse, injuring 20 people.

A month later, two passengers and two crew members walked away uninjured when another business plane overshot a runway and got stuck in snow and mud.

In May, a pilot was injured when a small, twin-engine turboprop crashed and burst into flames while landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating Friday's crash, authorities said.

Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.

Current Mood: complacent
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
4:19 pm
Plane Crashes at Teterboro Airport in N.J.
Plane Crashes at Teterboro Airport in N.J.

Plane Crashes During Final Approach at Teterboro Airport in N.J., Bursts Into Flames; 1 Hurt

TETERBORO, N.J. May 31, 2005 — A small plane crashed Tuesday morning at Teterboro Airport, a busy center for business and private planes outside New York City, injuring one of the two people on board, authorities said.

The Swearingen turboprop was on final approach to the airport when the pilot reported engine problems, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The plane crashed at the end of a runway and caught fire. The blaze was soon extinguished, police said.

According to the aircraft's tail number listed on an FAA Web site, it is registered to Maci Leasing Corp. in Edison. There was no phone listing for the business.

Moonachie police said the injured person was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. Details on the person's condition were not immediately released.

It was the third accident this year at Teterboro Airport, about 12 miles west of midtown Manhattan.

On Feb. 2, a twin-jet corporate plane carrying 11 people ran off the end of a runway during an aborted takeoff, sped across a busy road and slammed into a warehouse. Twenty people were injured, including two who were in a car struck by the plane.

On March 8, another business plane overshot a runway and stopped in snow and mud. Both passengers and
the two crew members walked away uninjured.

Teterboro has grown into one of the nation's busiest small airports, catering to corporate jets. It had 202,720 arrivals and departures in 2004, a 4 percent increase from 2003, officials said.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
12:07 pm
Another plane just crashed @ Teterboro ....

No details yet ....

Current Mood: crushed
Saturday, April 16th, 2005
8:24 am
News report on challenger crash
On Monday, April 18th, On Channel 4, @ 1700, the crew of N370V will be talking about the aircraft accident (including John Kimberling).

Just an FYI.

Current Mood: crushed
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
12:16 pm
FAA Sends Out Warning To Teterboro Pilots
FAA Issues Warning To Pilots About Teterboro Airport

Mar 16, 2005 6:02 pm US/Eastern
NEW JERSEY (CBS) The government is sending out a warning to all pilots who fly into or out of Teterboro Airport. Officials say there is a danger of mid-air collisions with jumbo jets from Newark Airport.

Runway 22 at Newark airport and runway 19 at Teterboro airport are basically in the same flight pattern. So if a pilot fails to follow the rules, there could be the potential for disaster. CBS 2 News has also learned that in the past year, at least five pilots at Teterboro deviated from their altitudes forcing the FAA to send out a stern warning.

CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of an email sent from the FAA to over 150,000 pilots. It warns them that perhaps pilots at Teterboro airport may not be following instructions.

It reads: “Altitude deviations during IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) departure procedures at Teterboro Airport are causing potential mid-air collisions. If you plan to operate into or out of the Teterboro Airport, please understand and comply with the Teterboro Five Departure Procedure Altitudes. There have been many altitude deviations by pilots flying this procedure and they are causing potential mid-air collisions with Newark International Airport arrivals.”

The two airports sit about 20 miles apart.

The five departure procedure is basically a printed set of rules that tells pilots what to do in this area and they have to follow these instructions unless they are told air traffic controllers not to.

Meanwhile, CBS 2 News did contact the Port Authority, which is the agency that operates Teterboro. A spokesperson for the agency said they are aware of this email and they are in favor of anything that would improve safety at the airport.
FAA officials also say if a pilot fails to follow the rules, he or she could have their license suspended or revoked. It should also be noted that none of these midair deviations ever came close to being near mid-air collisions.

(© MMV, CBS Broadcasting Inc., All Rights Reserved.)
12:13 pm
N.J. crash jet nose-heavy
N.J. crash jet nose-heavy

A corporate jet that overshot the Teterboro Airport runway on takeoff and slammed into a clothing warehouse may have been carrying too much weight up front, investigators said yesterday.
In a preliminary report on the Feb. 2 crash in New Jersey that injured four people, the National Transportation Safety Board said "the center of gravity was found to be well forward of the allowable limit" because of a full tank and nearly full passenger load.

Meanwhile, investigators appeared to rule out ice as a cause. "Preliminary evidence indicated that icing conditions at Teterboro were minimal or nonexistent on the morning of the accident," the NTSB report said.

Investigators plan to release the cockpit voice recorder at a later date, but are trying to determine why only 10 seconds of data were recorded.

Owen Moritz
Wednesday, February 16th, 2005
8:45 am
Aviation Icons
Does anyone know where I could get some aviation icons?

x-posted to kteb and pilots_lounge

Current Mood: curious
Monday, February 14th, 2005
7:17 pm

Here are some pics taken by an employee at Teterboro of the Air Craft in root to a warehouse in harrison. It took them 6 hours to travel 15 miles.

Current Mood: cold
Sunday, February 13th, 2005
8:30 pm
From AIN alerts ... regarding N370V
Accident Challenger Parked Overnight on Ramp

According to Ken Forester, Jr., CEO of Million Air Teterboro, the chartered Challenger 600 (N370V) involved in yesterday morning’s takeoff crash at Teterboro Airport, N.J., arrived at the airfield at approximately midnight the night before the accident and stayed on the ramp until departure the next morning. Million Air Teterboro fueled the aircraft and provided catering but no other services, according to Forester. A spokeswoman for Atlantic Aviation said the Challenger taxied from Million Air to the Atlantic terminal at about 6:15 a.m.—about an hour before the accident–to pick up eight passengers and fly them to Midway Airport, Chicago. The passengers, none of whom was injured, included five employees of New York investment firm Kelso & Co. and three other business associates. The aircraft went off the end of Runway 6 during its unsuccessful takeoff roll, through the airport’s perimeter fence, across a six-lane highway and hit at least two cars, coming to a stop after its forward fuselage penetrated a warehouse wall. One pilot was seriously hurt with broken bones, and a person in one of the cars struck by the aircraft was critically injured. The other pilot and the flight attendant were not seriously hurt. The NTSB’s investigator in charge said the CVR indicated that there was a decision to “discontinue the takeoff” and the thrust reversers were deployed. Three witnesses, including two employees of Atlantic Aviation and a pilot of another airplane, reported seeing no frost on the Challenger, according to the investigator. Weather at the time of the accident was 10 miles visibility, clear
sky and temperature of 22 degrees F.
Sunday, February 6th, 2005
9:49 pm
Private jet skids, hits New Jersey building
Taken from CNN.com

TETERBORO, New Jersey (AP) -- A corporate jet hurtled off the end of a runway Wednesday while attempting to take off from Teterboro Airport, speeding across a highway and slamming into a warehouse.

At least 14 people were injured, one critically, but nobody was killed in the fiery crash, officials said.

The injured included two people in cars along the highway, acting New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey said.

Eleven people were on the plane; the most seriously injured was the pilot, who suffered a broken leg, said officials, who did not disclose the identities of the passengers or crew.

One witness said a pilot crawled out of the wreckage and told him the crew lost control of the plane.

It was headed for Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois, when the accident happened around 7:20 a.m., said Greg Martin, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington.

Another FAA spokesman, Jim Peters, said the jet was carrying 12 passengers and two crew members.

One witness said the plane never made it off the ground after "sliding and skidding" down the runway.

"Usually we see them lift off, but this one just went straight and started scratching the ground. There were sparks shooting out all over the place," said Joseph Massaro, a psychologist who lives nearby.

Video from television station helicopters showed wheel tracks, plainly visible in snow, that ran straight off the end of the runway, through a fence and a snow bank and then across six-lane U.S. 46.

Witness Robert Sosa told WNBC-TV he saw the plane crash into the building.

"Two guys came off with their hand cuts," Sosa said. "The pilot said he dragged himself out. He literally crawled out like a baby, and all the other people just walked out normal.

"He said as they tried to airborne before five minutes past [7 a.m.], they just lost control and they couldn't airborne the plane. They went straight through, 100 miles per hour."

Martin said communication between the air traffic control and aircraft was routine and the plane had been cleared for takeoff. The temperature at 7 a.m. was about 22 degrees Fahrenheit, the National Weather Service said. The weather was clear and wind calm.

Martin identified the aircraft as a twin-engine Canadair Challenger 600, "a type of small regional business/charter jet" that can carry 12 to 15 passengers.

A similar plane, a Canadair CL-601 Challenger, crashed in December while trying to take off from Montrose, Colorado, killing a son of NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol and two others. After that crash, the National Transportation Safety Board warned pilots of smaller planes to run their hands along their aircraft's wings before takeoff to make sure tiny amounts of ice haven't formed that could increase the risk of an accident.

The FAA Web site says the plane was registered to a company called 448 Alliance LLC, and gave an address in Dallas. Directory assistance has no company with that name but does show a DDH Aviation at the same address. No one answered the phone there.

At the warehouse, owned by clothing company Strawberry, employee Luis Ruiz said about 200 people usually work there but only a handful were inside when the plane hit because of the early hour. One worker was injured and taken to a hospital, he said.

Dr. Joseph Feldman of Hackensack University Medical Center said 12 people, including the pilot and co-pilot, were taken there and three were admitted, one in critical condition.

The pilot was to be treated and released, but the co-pilot was in serious condition with multiple fractures to the lower part of the body, Feldman said. The patient in critical condition had been in a car that was struck by the aircraft, he said.

Eleven of the people taken to Hackensack needed to be showered to remove jet fuel, Feldman said. "They had a fair amount on them, where you could smell it, but none of them were suffering side effects from the fuel," he said.

Two people, a flight attendant and a man who had been in a car, were taken to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, said hospital spokeswoman Katherine Kakogiannis. The flight attendant had minor injuries, but the spokeswoman said she didn't know the condition of the other person.

The airport, in the northern New Jersey suburbs 12 miles from midtown Manhattan, was closed after the crash.

Once used by weekend recreational fliers, Teterboro has grown into one of the nation's busiest small airports, catering to corporate jets looking to avoid the hassles of larger airports. It had 202,720 arrivals and departures in 2004, a 4 percent increase from 2002, said Lou Martinez, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport as well as Newark, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports.

Current Mood: crushed
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