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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2006, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
In pictures: New York plane crash

Flames and smoke coming out of a building in New York

The small aircraft crashed into a high-rise building in New York on Wednesday afternoon, killing Yankees baseball player Cory Lidle and his flying instructor.

The Belaire building in New York

The plane ploughed into the 30th and 31st floors of the building on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Building on fire in New York. Photo sent in by Tom Lindsay

The building was identified as the Belaire, a prestigious 50-storey residential tower on East 72nd Street near the East River. Photo sent in by Tom Lindsay.

The Belaire tower

Firefighters put out the blaze in less than an hour, but black ash from the flames was visible around the site.

A crowd looks at the scene of a crash

The incident briefly raised fears of another terrorist strike, following the 11 September attacks in 2001.

The Belaire tower. Photo sent in by Rick deWitt

The FBI quickly ruled out terrorism as the cause of the crash, although fighter jets were scrambled over US cities. Photo sent in by Rick deWitt.

Cory Lidle (centre) a member of the New York Yankees baseball club. File photo

New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle (centre with a ball) was a keen pilot.

Traffic jam near the scene of the crash. Photo sent in by Tom Lindsay

Traffic in the area was affected, as shown in this photo sent in by Tom Lindsay.

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