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NTSB: Former Mayor Cleared to Land Plane Before Fatal Crash



    911 Calls Prior to Methuen Plane Crash Released

    The 911 calls that were made prior to the plane crash that occurred in Methuen, Massachusetts, on Tuesday afternoon were released by the police department. (Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017)

    A National Transportation Safety Board investigation has found that the air traffic control tower at a Massachusetts airport cleared a former mayor to land his small plane before it crashed into the roof of a Methuen condo building, killing him.

    The agency's preliminary report released Tuesday says 73-year-old Alan Lavender purchased 12 gallons of fuel around 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 28 and took off about 10 minutes later. The report says air traffic control at the Lawrence Municipal Airport cleared the plane to land, but Lavender never responded. He crashed shortly after 1 p.m.

    The report says investigators found fire damage on the engine of the plane. Witnesses reported seeing flames aboard the plane before it crashed.

    No building residents were injured.

    Methuen Police Department/SonexAircraft.com

    Lavender was a former mayor of Newburyport.

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