Methuen Police and Fire Departments Respond to Plane Crash into
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
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.