Team owner George Steinbrenner issued a statement calling it a “terrible and shocking tragedy” and offering “deep condolences and prayers” to Lidle's wife and son.
On the team's Web site, manager Joe Torre is quoted as saying he was with former Yankees Ron Guidry and Lee Mazzilli when they got the news. Torre says that while Lidle's time with the Yankees was short, he proved himself to be “a good teammate and a great competitor.”
Lidle came to the Bronx in a July trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent nine seasons in the majors, playing for seven teams.
The Yankees aren't strangers to tragedies involving planes. In 1979, catcher Thurman Munson died when the plane he was piloting crashed.