Small plane crashes into Methuen building, killing pilot

Methuen, MA -- 2/28/2017 -  The tail of a plane is seen sticking out from a residential building after a crash in Methuen. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

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The tail of a plane is seen sticking out from a residential building after a crash in Methuen. Topic: Reporter: –Jessica Rinaldi / Boston Globe

METHUEN — The pilot of a small plane died when his aircraft plunged into the roof of a Methuen housing development during an attempted landing Tuesday at Lawrence Municipal Airport.

A small fire broke out after the private plane crashed into two condos in the Prides Crossing complex around 1 p.m. Nobody was home at the time, and all other residents of the Riverside Boulevard building were able to get out safely, Methuen officials said.

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