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October 11, 2006

New York City - At least two people, including a member of the New York Yankees, are dead after a small plane crashed into a high-rise in New York City.

The small plane, apparently flown by Yankees' pitcher Cory Lidle crashed into the Belaire, a 50-story tower on Manhattan's Upper East side. Flames and smoke poured from the building.

Part of the plane fell to the ground after the crash occured. The streets of New York were filled with panicked people wondering whether this was terrorism.

The Department of Homeland Security says the crash appears to be "a terrible accident," and not terrorism.

The Pentagon sent fighter jets up over some U-S cities as a precaution.

The FBI says there's no indication that the plane was flown intentionally into the 50-story building, although federal agents were sent to the scene as a precaution.

Witnesses say the thunder of the crash was accompanied by fiery debris raining on the street below.