F-15s scramble from Otis after NYC plane crash; Sandwich water rescue

F-15s scramble from Otis after NYC plane crash
NYC high-rise crashOTIS ANG BASE - F-15 Eagle jets with the 102nd fighter wing at Otis ANG Base were scrambled after the hi-rise plane crash in New York City Wednesday afternoon. Initial fears of terrorism were quickly alleviated. New York Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle and another person were killed when Lidle's small plane crashed into the 20th floor of a 50-story residential hi-rise on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident which by all accounts appears to be a tragic accident.

The military sent dozens of fighter jets Wednesday to patrol the skies over New York, Washington, and other U.S. and Canadian cities minutes after the crash. Adm. Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. Northern Command, told AP that military officials knew it was not likely a terrorist act "about a half an hour after it happened."

"This is a significant event," he later said at a news conference. "My first reaction when I saw an airplane going into a building in New York City was, "Oh no, we've got another 9/11." About 2 1/2 hours after the incident, many of the military aircraft were still aloft - some of them being refueled by tankers, Keating said. He said cities covered also included Los Angeles and Seattle. The aircraft from Otis "were in the air in less than 10 minutes," he said. (WB)

Read the Times of London report here. Posted on 10/11 at 11:00 PM. 

Man, dog pulled from water in Sandwich
- A man who apparently went in the water to rescue his dog at Old Harbor in Sandwich is safe. Both the man and his dog were ashore when rescuers arrived about 6:15 PM. The victim was checked out by Sandwich EMTs at the scene. Further details were not immediately available. Posted on 10/11 at 7:00 PM.

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