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This is pure speculation and I don't want to insult or upset anyone. I believe he committed suicide, given the followings facts:
1) The Yankees just lost the playoffs so he might have been depressed after years of being exchanged to numerous teams.
2) There were no distress calls.
3) He was flying with his CFI so any bad situation(s) would have been handled, in theory, by the CFI. The plane is also equipped with a chute.
4) Witnesses said the plane was flying erraticly prior to that bank into the building: The CFI got aware of Cory's intention, tried to gain control, they both struggled but Cory being a stong athlete, was able to take back control and achieve what he planned to.
Please let me know if I watch to much of Law and Order.
Yes you are watching too much of something
I have been reading some stuff about this but I still do not know what happend. All the things that you said may be the story but we have to wait unit the final report comes out.
I was thinking that he may have faked the whole thing to get out of New York. The Yanks were not going to sign him back.
How could some one do this and leave his family and his friends?
How did he get his friend to go along with this and no one tried to stop them from flyng?
I was wondering if any one was posting about this.
Also they released the tribute on ESPN as soon as the accicent
happened. Which was kind of wierd when they did not know if he was even on the plane.
Brilliant theories guys! But actually Mr. Lidle's plane was piloted via remote control from Dick Cheney's bunker just as it happened on 9/11. I'm sure the NTSB report will reach the same conclusion. Muhahahahahahahahahaha
They said that the accident was caused by wind.
Did they check the wind and the other conditions
before they left?
Here is my two cent's worth on the Cory Lidle, Cirrus SR-22 crash in NYC.
First, the speculation from richmagnon seems awfully juvenile, something a teenager might think up. Yes, he watches too much Law and Order. Perhaps on his next post he could blame this accident on aliens, toxic contrails, terrorists or even the metric system.
Now back to the temporal plain. A Cirrus SR-22 at, say, 160 knots and 45 degree bank angle requires perhaps 2500 feet of lateral space to reverse direction, in no-wind conditions. Add a fairly strong wind from the upwind side of the turn and the turn diameter is increased dramatically. Perhaps Lidle failed to reduce airspeed before initiating the turn, to minimize the diameter of the turn. Or he may have began the turn without positioning the aircraft close to one side of the area, to make use of the full space available.
How this crash happened with a CFI onboard is even tougher to fathom, but is is plausible that the instructor failed to take control of the airplane before it was too late to avoid the buildings.
Bush pilots and other pilots who live in in mountainous areas use similar techniques to reverse direction in narrow valleys. In a tight box canyon, a manoeuver with some sort of vertical component may be further required to do a 180: a chandelle—an oblique half turn—a wingover, or even a hammerhead turn may be required. Hammerhead are inadvisable for any pilot flying a normal or utility category airplane.
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