PRESS RELEASE: Plane Crash on Riverview Blvd in Methuen MA

Methuen Police and Fire Departments Respond to Plane Crash into Condo Complex

METHUEN -- Mayor Stephen Zanni, Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon and Fire Chief Tim Sheehy report that the Methuen Police and Fire Departments responded to a condo complex this afternoon after a plane crashed into the building, killing the pilot.
At approximately 1 p.m., Methuen Police received a report of plane crash at the Prides Crossing Condominiums at 1 Riverview Blvd.
Methuen Police and Fire arrived on scene and found that a home-built, single-engine, propeller-driven airplane had crashed through the roof of building number 7.
Upon arrival, crews found that the building was on fire. Firefighters were able to make an aggressive attack, putting out the fire and confining most of the damage to the attic and top floor of the complex.
The male pilot, the sole occupant of the plane, was pronounced dead on scene. No occupants in the building were injured.
Officials determined that the pilot was on his way to land at Lawrence Municipal Airport, where the plane is registered, when he crashed.
The Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Airwing, the Lawrence Police and Fire Departments, the Salem, N.H. Police and Fire Departments, along with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are on scene to assist.
The Federal Aviation Administration is responding to the scene and will conduct an investigation into how the crash occurred.
This is breaking news. Updates will be provided as they become available.