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Plane company not responsible for crash that killed Cory Lidle

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Plane company Cirrus Design Corp. was cleared Tuesday of any wrongdoing in the plane accident that killed former Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor in 2006.

A jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan returned the verdict in favor of Cirrus, following a month-long trial brought by the widows of Lidle and pilot Tyler Stanger. The families said they plan to appeal.

A federal investigation found that pilot error caused the plane to slam into an Upper East Side high-rise, although the families blamed a design defect.

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