Plane crashes into roof of Mass. condo building, killing pilot

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were at a Methuen apartment building Wednesday morning, one day after a small plane crashed into one of the buildings, killing the pilot.

"A Sonex aircraft crashed in a residential area in Methuen, MA at about 1:25 p.m. today", said the FAA.

The tail of the plane could be seen sticking out of the roof of the building.

Donna Holaday, the current mayor of Newburyport, said Lavender loved working for the city and was loved by the community.

The FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine a likely cause for the crash, according to officials.

There were no reported injuries to residents of the building, located in Methuen across the Merrimack River from Lawrence Municipal Airport and about 20 miles southwest of Newburyport.

He urged other witnesses or anyone with video or photos of the crash to contact investigators.

The building was on fire following the crash, police said.

In Newburyport, where Lavender had lived since 1973, the flag in front of City Hall flew at half-staff on Tuesday. "We put all those items together and get a holistic picture of what happened".

The Mayor also told FOX25 firefighters could see smoke coming from the hole in the building, but flames were not visible from the outside.

Lawrence Municipal Airport Manager Michael Miller said Lavender had taken off shortly before he crashed and was planning to do four left turns, returning to the landing strip for a touch-and-go, and possibly repeating the flight path.

"It looked like it took a nosedive out of the blue", Lontine said. The plane came to a rest against the building and no one was seriously injured.

  • Larry Hoffman